They say you should never work with children or animals – but that rule clearly doesn’t exist in Keswick, England.
If you’re new to the idea of mixing any animal with yoga and you’re currently gobsmacked reading this so far, then have I got news for you.
Dog and goat yoga already exists as well as alpaca yoga but The Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa are the first to introduce lemur yoga outdoors, a class which has been named ‘lemoga’.
I see what they did there.
For the anti-animal abuse warriors out there, you can relax about the ethics of Lamoga as the lemurs come from the local wildlife park nearby, and they’re ‘very friendly and social animals.’
It already sounds a bit better than the idea of cat yoga, where you’d probably leave with scratches and high blood pressure from attempting to stretch them.
The unique class is a part of Armathwaite Hall’s “meet the wildlife” wellness program, where you could get to do a zoo keepers job for no pay whatsoever and walk alpacas around 400 acres of land. You could also meet meerkats that won’t be bursting out ‘compare the meerkat’ in a poor Russian accent.
So what are the actual benefits of doing lemoga apart from getting to gawk at lemurs and recovering from holding awkward positions?
Well, the hotel claims that lemoga is a good way for guests to “feel at one with nature, at the same time joining in with the lemurs’ play time.” They also say the class is, “good for stress and reducing blood pressure.”
A great alternative to chugging a massive glass of G&T and swallowing a beta-blocker it seems.
If you need more reassurance that lamoga is useful, Richard Robinson, manager of the Lake District Wildlife Park, expressed to the BBC: “When you watch lemurs they do some form of the poses naturally — that typical pose warming their bellies in the sunshine,”
“It seemed to be a really good combination to encourage people to have a go and spend time with a lemur.”
Personally, it’d take me a lot more than the promise of yoga to encourage me to spend time with limber lemurs, as lemoga frankly sounds like a sport for lemorons.
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Gugu mashava is a Journalism (aka ‘not a real degree’) student who tends to self-medicate with cocktails. She was most likely taken on by The Hook, not for her mediocre article writing skills, but to fill a diversity quota. During her anti-The Hook hours, you can find her running through fields of wheat, spending her loans wisely on sales, and improving her intellect by watching trash TV.