You know how pigs love to come and chew on your pants as you walk into the pen? Here’s a new idea to consider: Opening a yoga studio in the hog barn.
Similar to puppy and goat yoga, you can now do the downward “hog,” Big Toe Pose or any other yoga pose with pot-belly pigs at FairyTail Acres in Denver, Colo., Tuck Barre & Yoga in Philadelphia, Penn., or with “Tequila Barbie” in Albuquerque, N.M., just to name a few.
Tuck Barre & Yoga had their first class this week, borrowing six pigs from FairyTail Acres. More sessions are scheduled—and sold out in only a few hours—for September.
Callie Kim, Tuck Barre & Yoga’s owner, said she wanted pig yoga to be fun and teach people about pigs.
“Studies show that pigs are smarter than dogs, but many people see pigs only as ‘pork,'” she told the magazine. “I wanted to give people an opportunity to interact with pigs so maybe they will view them in a different light. What better place than in a yoga class!”
The potbelly pigs love to socialize, adds Chris Hainley, the owner of FairyTale Acres, and the proceeds from the class go to paying vet bills and supplies for the animals.
Other group organizers, such as Diane Marsh at Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary, was more direct about the real reason for starting pig yoga classes: to encourage a vegan lifestyle.