An East Iowa alpaca farm is bringing yoga to the ranch, and classes are packed with people, llamas, goats, chickens, and cats!
When most people head to a yoga class, they'll often find themselves in an indoor studio somewhere, surrounded by sweating yogis, inhaling and exhaling through their experience. Well, one Iowa farm is bringing the spiritual and physical practice of the great outdoors, where guests will find themselves surrounded not only by their human neighbors but some four-legged residents as well.
Pink Alpaca Farms, located in Wellman, Iowa, implemented farm yoga classes to take place on the property during the spring, summer, and fall months. Situated outdoors, people are invited to stretch, bend, and expand among alpacas, llamas, goats, cats, and chickens. Farm staff and yoga instructors say that the energy of the animals present can help people achieve a less inhibited experience, allowing them to move with ease while getting in touch with nature.
"Yoga's all about connecting to nature and grounding yourself. How do you ground yourself to a floor? You have to be outside, and on the ground, and on the dirt and the grass to actually connect with nature that way," said Pink Alpaca Farms owner Kristi Pearson in an interview with KWWL News.
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While the farm isn't the first to come up with the idea, the concept of farm yoga in fresh air is just one of many yoga trends Westerners have taken to in recent years; the classes are said to provide a positive experience for everyone involved, and can make for a great way to get in touch with oneself, their surroundings, and their community. From New York and Brooklyn to Wellman, Iowa to Los Angeles, amazing people everywhere are reaping the benefits of yoga and sustainable living. It may be a trend, but it is here to stay.
If you want to learn more about farm yoga at Pink Alpaca Farms, you can find their events schedule here!
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This article was originally published June 8, 2017.