It’s winter, it’s snowy, it’s cold. Maybe even too cold for the goats to do yoga. So what animal are you going to do yoga with then?! Never fear, the penguins are here.
It’s no bird of paradise, but Penguin Yoga is now a thing, thanks to the Maryland Zoo who launched the 2018 Yoga at the Zoo series at their new and improved Penguin Coast habitat. According to the zoo’s website, the African Penguins’ new quarters is an “enhanced natural environment” created to be like their natural home of South Africa. Yep, South African penguins, and they’re on the endangered species list.
We have mixed feelings about zoos and captivity in general, but we’re also fans of protecting endangered animals, and the improved habitat does sound pretty nice.
The description for the 60-minute vinyasa class says it’s set up for all levels and promises “views of flowing water and swimming penguins.” It doesn’t say anything about being less stinky than barnyard goats, but if you prefer the aroma of a fishy penguin breakfast over manure and straw, then this is your bag!
The class is $10 for zoo members and $20 for non-members (which also includes same-day admission). The yoga classes are at 8am and will be just about once a month through June with the next one coming up on February 11th (see the zoo’s site for the full schedule) and from what we gather, they’re outside, so depending on how much you want to feel like a penguin choose your adventure wisely.
And here’s a photo of a model (a young Kate Moss?) doing yoga with a penguin because internets and why not? (We imagine this is not representative of your Penguin Yoga experience, but who are we to project what your yoga experience is like? Enjoy.)
images via Maryland Zoo
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