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Meow, that’s Good Yoga

There are yoga studios all over these days, as well as countless yoga classes offered in gyms. It is a little unusual, however, to have your child’s pose interrupted by a jingle ball rolling across the floor, and savasana doesn’t usually include a napping cat at the foot of your mat. But now you can find that, too, at one local yoga spot.

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Kittens in Cups, a cat cafe, offers Cat Yoga classes a few times a month, and it is exactly what it sounds like. The resident cats are free to roam as you take part in an hour-long class. You may even find a new family member during your practice. With the exception of Andy
and Wink, who are permanent feline residents of the cafe, all of the cats you’ll meet are adoptable from the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.

A cat cafe is a cage-free environment where you can enjoy coffee, tea or snacks while you interact with cats. Kittens in Cups typically houses 12 to 16 cats in their cozy multi-room space, full of seating areas,
cat-themed decor and plenty of places for the cats to play or hide.

The cats are encouraged to join the yoga class . . . with a little cat-treat bribery. They do seem to enjoy the practice, weaving around the human participants and making themselves comfortable on yoga mats. There is no downward dog in this class, however. They wouldn’t appreciate that. It is renamed downward cat.

In addition to yoga, there are frequent cat-inspired craft classes offered at the cafe, including painting, pottery, sewing and jewelry. There is also cat-inspired jewelry, clothing and gifts for sale.

Kittens in Cups opened in March, 2017. Owner Hailey Taylor, a freelance illustrator, visited a cat cafe in Washington, D.C. and fell in love with the concept. She says it made sense to combine her artistic talent and love for cats into something beneficial for everyone.
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There doesn’t have to be an event going on to come in and meet the cats. Kittens in Cups, 177 Defense Highway in Annapolis, is open Monday–Saturday 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be scheduled on their website, kittensincups.com. There is a fee to enter, which goes towards caring for the cats.
—Lauren Colvin

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