Fancy a meerkat-cow pose with your downward dog? It’s zoo yoga!

Michael Weaver 1 March 2021
Two women doing yoga in park.

Yoga classes are coming to the National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra. Photo: Hayley Smith.

There’s never been a better time to get your leopard-print leotard out and awaken your downward dog for a spot of wild yoga with the animals at the National Zoo & Aquarium.

The four sessions are happening in March as part of Canberra’s Enlighten Festival, and they are guaranteed to take your meerkat-cow pose to the next level.

You may have heard of goat yoga or even perfected your cobra pose, but now you can do yoga with the whole menagerie.

“Relax with our rhinos, or stand tall like a giraffe” is the call to raise arms and salute the morning sun.

Local instructor Sally Goodspeed has been running classes at the zoo for staff as part of a wellbeing program and she is now offering four sessions to the general public.

The yoga classes will begin in the morning as the animals awaken and are for people of all ages and abilities.

A spokesperson for the National Zoo & Aquarium said the early morning sessions will allow those attending to see the animals from a different perspective while getting wild about yoga.


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“We’ve done something similar in the past, but this time we will run the classes with our beautiful rhinos and giraffes in the large, new section of the zoo,” said the spokesperson.

Each session will accommodate up to 80 people.

“It’s a pretty amazing experience doing yoga as the animals wake up,” said the spokesperson. “There will be lots of different sights and sounds that you wouldn’t get in a traditional yoga class that’s for sure.”

Wild Yoga sessions will be held on 6-7 March and 12-13 March from 7 am to 8.30 am. Tickets cost $52.05, plus booking fee, and are limited. They can be booked through Ticketek.

The yoga classes include entry to the zoo, plus a hot drink and breakfast snack. Classes also feature hot-air balloons passing over (weather permitting).

People attending must bring their own yoga mat and should wear comfortable clothing.


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