Yoga with cats in Houston

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Added On January 12, 2019

INTRO
 
Yoga classes with goats, cats and horses are popping up everywhere.
 
El Gato Coffee House, the first and only cat cafe in Houston, Texas, hosts a monthly Yoga with Cats class, which has been very well received and regularly draws in a full house.
 
 
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Yoga with Cats instructor Esther Tell has been teaching cat yoga for about a-year-and-half.
 
She said there's not much difference between a regular yoga class and yoga with cats.
 
Students work toward relieving stress during both classes, except the atmosphere is lighter in cat yoga.
 
Tell even joked that the students attend primarily for the cats instead to practice yoga.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): ESTHER TELL, Yoga Instructor
"The cats really do a lot of the work. They do a lot of the work creating peace in the environment. As scientific studies have shown, that being with cats releases Serotonin. So it does some of the work for you."
 
During the yoga with cats class, the El Gao house cats, all adoptable, would walk freely between people's mats. Some hang around the students while they are doing yoga poses.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): ESTHER TELL, Yoga Instructor
"If you get stressed out, you can just look over to cats. There's laughter involved. It can be just so relaxing. It's like an easy ticket to relaxation with the cats."
 
15-year-old Isabel Howell is a yoga lover and cat lover.
 
She decided to invite her family and best friends to do yoga with cats.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): ISABEL HOWELL, Yoga with Cats Student
"It's very fun, because you open your eyes and there's a cat."
 
Isabel said doing yoga with cats has an extra calming effect than regular yoga and all of her stresses went away very fast.