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You Can Do Yoga With Flamingos At This Jaw-Dropping Bahamas Resort

You Can Do Yoga With Flamingos At This Jaw-Dropping Bahamas Resort

Most of us would have a little difficulty nailing a downward dog or pigeon yoga pose - let alone flamingo.

Luckily, at this luxury resort Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in the Bahamas, you get guidance from the pros.

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And by pros, we mean tropical wading birds Baha, Indy, Lynden and Luca. The pink-toned birds are the resort's official ambassadors.


At Baha Mar's outdoor yoga classes - set in the gorgeous landscaped grounds of the resort - guests take to their mats surrounded by pink-feathered friends.

The birds don't stay poised on the sidelines either, but walk between - and over - the budding yogis as they work through their routine.

The concept is a new development in a long line of animal-related yoga classes, from dog to goat.

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"I wanted to create something unique where guests could walk away with a memory that was fun and something they couldn't get anywhere else," Stacy Spurlock, the CFO (or chief flamingo officer), told Travel + Leisure.

"Fitness can be taken so seriously, and we wanted to create a good way to get a workout in on vacation and get some great memories and photos out of it," she continued.


According to Stacy, the flamingos get fully involved.

"Our yoga instructor is very comfortable around the flamingos and understands that the birds are very hands-on," she said. "We let the yogis know that the birds will get on the towels, mats, hair, and anything else they can find! Their beaks are like fingertips and whenever there's something new, their curiosity takes over."

Apparently, the cushioned yoga mats are a hit with the birds.

"They love the sound it makes on their feet and the texture is fun to them," said Stacy. "The calm and centring that people get out of yoga, that's what the flamingos get out of it as well."

Baha Mar, which is made up of three resorts - the Grand Hyatt, Rosewood, and SLS Baha Mar - has 18 adult flamingos in total.

Instagrammers are loving the chance to 'flow and flamingle'.

"Practised with these beauties and even got to lead a little!" wrote one fan.

Classes cost $40 per guest and take place every Wednesday morning. Namaste to that.

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.

 

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