While indoor rowing, HIIT training, and mind-body practices seem to be all the rage when it comes to fitness trends for 2022, it can potentially get monotonous, especially if you tend to work out in a gym. But if you enjoy working up a sweat and the thought of an alpaca or two, or even a goat jumping on your back while you’re in child’s pose doesn’t fill you with dread, then maybe it’s time to experience one of the many fitness classes with animals that are popping up around the city.
Here is a list of some animal-based workouts that are beneficial for the mind, body and soul.
Alpaca Yoga – Haute Goat Farms — Newtonville
At this 200-acre farm just outside Port Hope, you can achieve a Zen state of mind practising yoga, while a herd of peaceful alpaca graze around you. Known as ‘dolphins of the pasture,’ these curious creatures are known to start interacting with participants as the practice progresses. After the hour-long class, you can spend time with the other animals including baby goats and Icelandic horses, and explore the scenic trails around the farm.
Puppy Yoga & Bubbly – Doggosphere Studio – Toronto
If you want a creative way to get moving, a puppy yoga class in downtown Toronto might just fit the bill. At this unique fitness class, adorable puppies —all under 12 weeks old —will zoom around the studio while you enjoy forty-five minutes of flow yoga in the heart of downtown Toronto. After class, enjoy a refreshing mimosa and thirty minutes of chill time with the pups.
Vineyard Walks With Donkeys – Niagara-on-the-Lake
In this unique one-hour experience, you’ll take a guided tour through the picturesque Colaneri Estate Winery with friendly donkeys as your companions. You’ll start the experience with sparkling wine, learn about the affectionate animals, and lead the donkeys on tour. The hour culminates with a wine tasting session where you will taste three wines from the region.
Yoga with Goats – Triple C Farm – Ancaster
Cuddle with adorable goats while you enjoy a gentle yoga flow at Triple C Farm in Ancaster about 90 minutes outside Toronto. Bring the kiddos (age 8 and up) and connect with nature while the goats move freely through the class providing stress relief and lots of laughs. The farm also offers a parent & tot goat yoga for little ones under four.