Where we’re at: I’m recapping the autumn of 2018, together with my Wander Women Retreat in Martha’s Vineyard. Bookings are presently open for Dominican Republic and Thailand. Find out extra about our newest retreats right here!
I’m considered one of these women. I’ve accomplished goat yoga. I’ve accomplished canine yoga. I’ve accomplished aerial yoga, yoga on a paddle board, yoga with sangria in hand… if there’s a brand new option to get flexible and breathe, principally, think about me throughout it.
(Kinda like Tiffany and Jill did, after they later met stated alpacas.)
On my Wander Women Retreat itineraries, I all the time write that all the pieces is “subject to change — and expect surprises!” And that is precisely why. The existence of alpaca yoga got here to my consideration lower than per week earlier than Wander Women Martha’s Vineyard kicked off. Obviously, I knew I wanted to have it as a part of my retreat, come hell or excessive plank.
Due to principally having to replan your entire retreat schedule to accommodate it in addition to a number of different logistical challenges, I wasn’t capable of affirm our attendance at alpaca yoga till actually the day earlier than the retreat began (let’s simply say these applications had been scorching off the press when the ladies arrived.)
So for sure, it was a shock upon their arrival — one which I used to be really giddy to have the ability to give them.
(And, um, myself.)
I used to be shocked once I heard that the standard public summer time alpaca yoga courses they’d been operating may have as much as seventy individuals in them! I used to be fairly happy with our far more intimate personal class in one of many smaller paddocks.
After letting the alpacas into the paddock to fulfill us and greet us and get used to us a bit, our teacher started our one hour vinyasa class. Like all yoga courses that contain animals (of which I’ve been to a number of — I’ve accomplished goat yoga alone 3 times!) there’s a huge emphasis on play, on interplay with the setting, and on attempting to maintain your steadiness in easy postures whereas “assisted” by furry buddies who would possibly cease by to say hello.
Our hosts at Island Alpaca had strewn hay round our mats which saved the alpacas entertained in between curiously checking us out. Unlike in goat yoga, they weren’t hopping on our backs (um, have you ever seen the scale of them? Thank God for that!), however they actually did get cozy with us every so often.
It was additionally fascinating to me that they appeared to essentially favor sure yogis — Shelby specifically was a serious favourite and her mat all the time appeared surrounded!
We undoubtedly paused for loads of selfies mid-class, however had been additionally tremendous fortunate to have Ian as our enthusiastic photographer for the period, so we may concentrate on not bursting into giggles once we unintentionally made alpaca eye contact.
After class, everybody was feeling fairly giddy and grateful — it was the right notice to finish the weekend on. And what higher notice to finish the class on than to nab a number of extra alpaca portraits, and provides a number of extra completely satisfied hugs!
After our class, we had a yummy snack of contemporary fruit and wandered the farm to fulfill the tiniest child alpacas (who weren’t fairly able to be yogis simply but) and went loopy on wool items within the reward store.
It had been greater than a bit of hectic pulling off this final minute magic, however seeing the ladies have such a tremendous time — and listening to it present up on all of their lists of highlights later — made it value all the difficulty. And sure, in case you come on a Wander Women Retreat, you higher come able to do all sorts of structured reflection on the finish of it! 😉
Looking for a extra conventional class on the island? Check out my publish on the place to follow on Martha’s Vineyard! Want to fulfill the alpacas with out rolling out a mat? You can do this too — it’s some of the funds pleasant leisure choices on the island.
I’ve to say, although, alpaca yoga was a blast. They are simply probably the most inquisitive, playful, quirky little creatures, and this was such a good way to work together with them and get to know their humorous little personalities higher.
I can’t wait to see what my subsequent huge retreat shock will probably be — or what my subsequent loopy yoga class will entail!
Would you attempt alpaca yoga?