You Can Now Do Yoga In A Field Of Alpacas In The UK
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You might very well drive past and never realise it was there, but Rosebud Alpacas is located on a remote smallholding nestled among the calming, rolling countryside of Devon - and it's the first place to Britain to offer yoga classes in a field full of alpacas.
Owners Nick and Lucy Aylett have decided to run their yoga classes in the same field where they keep their alpacas hoping it would add to the experience. They say their alpaca yoga classes in South Molton, Devon, are a "unique experience" which are "great for mind, body and soul".
Nick explained: "It's a place where people can come to escape, take time out from technology and busy lives, a chance to spend time connecting with the land, the animals and each other.
"Our dream is for this place also to be a sanctuary for people to come and feel at home as well."
The pair say all their animals are "raised ethically with freedom of choice, their welfare being paramount".
Each yoga session is led by instructor Sian Bartlett and light refreshments are provided after each class.
In addition to the alpaca yoga, they also offer alpaca walking, alpaca picnics, alpaca art sessions and a special 'alpaca connection' package which invites guests to do guided meditations and "walk amongst the herd in mindful observation".
Lucy, who used to run a pet supply store, said: "We wanted to move to Devon and change careers, so we bought the alpacas and got some land.
"The alpacas have a very calming presence very much like horses. Being around them we felt very stress-free.
"We started working with them because we breed them and we found that time just flew when you were around them and we wanted to share that with people. People go away feeling calm, it's just an experience being around the alpacas.
"They're very relaxed so it just adds to the feeling of relaxation."