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If you love yoga, then it is the right place for you to visit and relax. Armathwaite Hall hotel in Keswick, Cumbria, has started Lemoga classes using lemurs from the Lake District Wild-Life Park. The animals are free to explore and climb on mats while yogis stretch.
The friendly and enigmatic creatures often naturally sit in the lotus position as they “warm their bellies,” the spa at Armathwaite Hall, near Keswick, says.
Guests are encouraged to practice their poses alongside the hotel and spa’s troupe of ring-tailed lemurs, in sessions named “lemoga.”
Richard Robinson, manager of the adjoining wildlife park, said: “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.
“I don’t think you ever see an unhappy zookeeper. 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.”
Other animals are apparently well-suited to yoga.
Goat yoga took off as a craze in 2016, with studios from Devon to London bringing the four-legged animals to classes.
Yoga instructors credited the animals with inspiring happiness and calm and said that doing downward dog with a goat on your back helps you to remain still.
Others, however, said it was difficult to achieve zen with a goat nibbling their hair or yoga mat.
The Lake District may be miles from the wilds of Madagascar, where the ring-tailed lemurs originate, but the primates appear very much at home around humans, and naturals at yoga.
Carolyn Graves, the owner of Armathwaite Hall, said the classes were designed to help guests beat the stress of city living: “Lemoga offers our guests the chance to feel at one with nature, at the same time joining in with the lemurs’ playtime.”
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