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Yoga with animals (goats, bunnies, cats, dogs—even alpacas) is just one of the many trends to reach Midwestern yogis. Check out these unusual yoga classes for some inspiration to get your "om" on.

Once upon a time, the craziest yoga trend involved turning the thermostat way up. But today, "hot yoga" seems basic compared to some of the classes popping up in the Midwest (looking at you, goat yoga). Whether you're an animal lover, a foodie or someone just looking for new scenery, we've found amazing spots to get on the mat.

If you're crazy about animals, try...

Bunny Yoga | Indianapolis, Indiana

Metazoa Brewing Company donates five percent of profits to animal and wildlife organizations, and pets are welcome in the tap room. Now, the business is taking it to the next level with yoga classes filled with two kinds of hops: bunnies available for adoption and a pint of beer. Bunny yoga currently is offered the first Saturday of every month; sign up early.  metazoa.beer

 

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Farm Animal Yoga | Honey Creek, Iowa

Doe's and Diva's Dairy Inc. produces and sells farmstead sheep and goat products. Take a yoga class surrounded by those animals at the Honey Creek-based farm, about 20 minutes from Omaha. doesanddivas.com

Iowa Goat Yoga | Palo, Iowa

A herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats prance around while yogis stretch and breathe at the idyllic Coco's Ranch. Coco's Ranch Facebook page

Puppy Yoga | Wichita, Kansas

The owner of Limitless Yoga Studios loves to encourage people to try the exercise. Case in point: puppy yoga. The next class is already sold out, but keep an eye on the website to catch more classes. limitlessyogakansas.com

Yoga at the Zoo | Apple Valley, Minnesota

Practice poses like cat, cow, downward facing dog and more in the presence of wild animals at the Minnesota Zoo. Each 45-minute session is held in front of an exhibit. mnzoo.org

Meowmaste Cat Yoga | Cleveland, Ohio

Cats at the Cleveland Animal Protective League don't mind dogs... downward facing dogs, that is. The $15 sessions sell out quickly, so plan ahead. squareup.com

 

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If you're a foodie (or a wine/beer geek), try...

Yoga Brunch | New Ulm, Minnesota

Yogis of all levels are invited to Morgan Creek Vineyard, an agri-tourism destination using sustainable farming methods. Finish off your practice with a light brunch and summer wine from the underground wine cellar. morgancreekvineyards.com

Beer + Yoga | Bismarck, North Dakota

For $20, enjoy a session led by a Transitions Yoga instructor and a follow-up pint of beer at Laughing Sun Brewing Co. Vino Vinyasa, at nearby Mandan Depot Bier Hall, is another popular option. transitions-yoga.com

 

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Yoga at the Winery | Grand Rapids, Ohio

Bee Free Yoga, a studio with an eco-friendly conscience, hosts classes at the Majestic Oak Winery once a month in the summer. Wine and beer served after practices are complete. (Also, keep an eye out for the occasional Bee Free Yoga class with alpacas. Yes, you read that right.) beefreeyoga.com

If you're a nature lover, try...

Yoga in the Gardens | Chaska, Minnesota

Classes at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (part of the University of Minnesota's Horticultural Research Center) are held in gorgeous spots like the Shrub Rose Garden and the Harrison Sculpture Garden. Free with gate admission. arboretum.umn.edu

Ozark Mountain Yoga Festival | Eminence, Missouri

Inbetween hiking, camping and rock climbing at Echo Bluffs State Park, yogis participate in workshops and learn new poses. Live music performed with instruments like gongs and crystal singing bowls enhance the relaxing atmosphere. Held on May 18-20, 2018. ozarkmountainyogafestival.com

Yoga in the Forest | Bellevue, Nebraska

An hour of vinyasa-style yoga set to the soundtrack of the Fontenelle Forest. Afterwards, take a nature walk and enjoy a calming cup of tea. Class times vary. fontenelleforest.org

Yoga in the Butterfly Garden | Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Unwind amidst tropical foliage and free-flying butterflies from around the world in the Butterfly House. Classes available most Sunday mornings. butterflyhousemarinecove.org 

If water soothes you, try...

SUP Board Yoga | Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse specializes in hot yoga, but instructors also teach classes on standup paddleboards on Reed's Lake during the summer. For some, holding tree pose on floating platforms is the ultimate challenge. yogahothouse.com

Beach Yoga at Grand View Lodge | Nisswa, Minnesota

The soothing sound of water lapping against the shore makes Gull Lake an ideal place to practice yoga. Instructors from the lodge lead the class each morning and can cater to all ability levels. grandviewlodge.com

Yoga on the Shores of Lake Monona | Madison, Wisconsin

Just outside The Studio in Madison rests Lake Monona, the ideal setting for a class focused on the delights of being outside. Sunscreen is recommended for this class, which is usually held weekly in July and August. thestudiomadison.com

If you're an arts, culture and history buff, try...

Yoga at the Museum | Champaign, Illinois

Friday lunchtimes at the Krannert Art Museum include free yoga sessions with a focus on breath awareness and relaxation techniques. There's only enough space for the first 20 participants, though, so get there early. visitchampaigncounty.org

Yoga at GRAM | Grand Rapids, Michigan

Most Thursdays at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, visitors gather in the Cook Auditorium for Vinyasa-style yoga classes—an ideal way to contemplate and reflect upon the art in the museum. artmuseumgr.org

Yoga at Union Depot | St. Paul, Minnesota

Stretch out in the waiting room of the grand 20th century rail station, then tour the transportation hub to see stunning works of art, including six historic murals. uniondepot.org

If you want a change of scenery, try...

Pop Up Yoga Chicago | Chicago, Illinois

Classes take place in iconic Chicago locations (like the riverfront) and low-key gems (hip beer gardens). Participants receive secret location announcements. popupyogachicago.com

 

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Pop Up Yoga DSM | Des Moines, Iowa

Students of all levels are welcome at these free classes, which are held at farmers markets, music festivals, rooftops and elsewhere around Iowa's capital city during the summer. Check their website for upcoming dates. popupyogadsm.com

Karma Tribe Yoga | Kansas City

This non-profit yoga studio holds pop-up classes around the KC area. Past spots include the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District and the Overland Park Arboretum. Check their site for upcoming locations. pop-upyogakansascity.com

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