The trend of novelty yoga has spread like wildfire through the world, spawning such examples as “dog yoga, rage yoga, beer yoga, goat yoga, alpaca yoga, wine yoga, sex yoga, horse yoga” and more. But the Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa, located in the English countryside, has begun offering what might be the best possible version: Lemoga, aka lemur yoga. (There’s even a t-shirt!)
Lemur yoga is exactly what you’re hoping it is: people do yoga on the grass while a group of ring-tailed lemurs wander around them, occasionally joining in certain poses.
Though undoubtedly cool, the event’s organizers also believe hanging out with the lemurs may offer people genuine relaxation benefits. Richard Robinson, manager of the hotel’s wildlife park, commented to the BBC:
“I don’t think you ever see an unhappy zoo-keeper. We spend all our time with animals. We know how it makes us feel and if we can give a little piece of that to people then great.”
LEMOGA?! Good god…”Richard Robinson, manager of the adjoining Lake District wildlife park, said the Madagascan animals – which look like a cat crossed with a squirrel and a dog – made ideal yoga partners.” https://t.co/7R8b06SzLx
— Jodi Ettenberg (@legalnomads) April 2, 2019
Robinson also spoke about how lemurs were an unorthodox choice for yoga, but a surprisingly good fit in practice:
“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.”
Lemoga, a fusion of yoga and lemurs, is a new activity available at Armathwaite Hall in the Lake District pic.twitter.com/bpu7vWgcQA
— Press Association (@PA) April 2, 2019
The hotel’s wildlife park offers several other unique animal experiences, including the chance to wander the grounds with an alpaca, get up-close and personal with meercats, or even fly with an eagle!
Twitter was ready to take a trip to England to get in on the lemur action!
.@rachel_hosie called the hotel to check that this was true and not an elaborate photoshop.
The lemurs are really doing yoga.https://t.co/hxb6StPutu
— Jim Edwards (@Jim_Edwards) April 3, 2019
Lemoga? Yes, please!????♀️ https://t.co/24JwOCWWbw
— Magnolia Potter (@MuggleMagnolia) April 3, 2019
Is there anything more relaxing than hanging out with a lemur?!
I’m mad that we live in a society where this is normal. And I’m also mad that I don’t live in England where I can sign up for this ASAP. https://t.co/gVVtCdmduB
— Ed Helms (@edhelms) April 4, 2019
OH MY GOSH THEY CALL IT LEMOGA ????????????????????
— Navigator???? (@ItsGoneAwry) April 3, 2019
We have heard of Yoga with Goats…and then there is Rage Yoga (which I am dying to try)….But Yoga with a Lemur?? Now this is a new one! https://t.co/HA2CAf0ZUN
— Carlos & Kiki (@CARLOSANDKIKI) April 3, 2019
I need lemurs and yoga in my life https://t.co/ct1VFIk6B8
— Tina☀️???????????????????????? (@TinaIam111) April 4, 2019
Of course, the idea isn’t for everybody.
I see people doing yoga with lemurs in England.
Look, I don’t need animals crawling on me when I’m doing a stretch that I’m already struggling with.
— Jessica Gresch (@AbsentAznMom) April 4, 2019
After lemur yoga, what could possibly be next?
— Healthylicious Bliss (@TatianaRidley) April 3, 2019
Only time will tell whether whale yoga will ever become the popular event it was meant to be.