That’s not a downward dog! Hotel in Cumbria becomes the first to offer yoga with LEMURS – as the craze for practising with creatures continues
- Armathwaite Hall Hotel in Keswick, Cumbria, has started lemur yoga classes
- The friendly lemurs from Lake District Wild Life Park walk around during session
- Lemoga class aims to help yogis smile and unwind as they stretch stress away
A hotel in Cumbria has started offering a unique way to relax and unwind – by taking yoga classes with lemurs.
Armathwaite Hall hotel in Keswick, Cumbria, has added a twist to their usual line up of activities and are inviting guests to experience a new kind of exercise buddy.
The lemurs, from Lake District Wild Life Park, are able to wander around the mats and climb over yogis during the Lemoga lessons.
Armathwaite Hall hotel in Keswick, Cumbria, has started offering lemur yoga classes to guests
During the sessions the cheeky animals, pictured, can climb on yogis and walk on the mats
The lemurs are from nearby Lake District Wild Life Park meaning the primates are very friendly
Some of the lemurs appear to copy the poses during the class
In a recent class some of the cheeky creatures were seen appearing to imitate the yogis by sitting and resting their arms out as if in a yoga pose.
In between stretches and climbing over mats, the lemurs chased each other around and investigated support blocks.
The sessions aim to heighten the sense of wellbeing for both lemur and human participants.
As lemurs have friendly personalities and are used to human contact from the Wild Life Park, they apparently make the perfect companion for yoga.
When the class participants stretched into yoga poses, pictured, the lemurs walked around the grass and chased each other
Some lemurs, pictured, even appeared to imitate the yogis by sitting back and resting their hands as if in a yoga pose
It is also hoped that the addition of an unusual primate in the class will help yogis to unwind and stretch away their troubles while laughing.
Carolyn Graves, owner of Armathwaite Hall, told the Chronicle: ‘Lemoga offers our guests the chance to feel at one with nature, at the same time joining in with the lemurs’ play time.’
This isn’t the first time that yoga with animals has become a hit in the UK. Last year goat yoga grew in popularity after celebrities started trying it.
The class, pictured, is supposed to let guests ‘feel at one with nature’ while joining in with the lemurs’ play time at the park
Goat Yoga emerged from America and people who tried it say it’s very ‘therapeutic.’
It was created by US farmer Lainey Morse, from Oregon, who said her goats got her through being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and a divorce.
Attempting to restore spiritual balance with a small goat perched on your back or clambering over your mat might not sound that relaxing but instructors insist it is.
Lainey explained how goats have a very ‘calming demeanour, yet they’re also mischievous and do things that make you laugh… It’s why they’re so therapeutic.’
A goat perches on actress Kate Beckinsale when she tried goat yoga on her 45th birthday
Actress Kate Beckinsale gave goat yoga a try for her 45th birthday in July.
Khloe Kardashian also attempted goat yoga with comedian Kevin Hart during an episode of his YouTube series What The Fit.
UK classes of goat yoga have started popping up at farms across the country and the trend was even mentioned on TV show Countryfile in May.