Lancashire farm welcomes yoga classes alongside cows
Dairy cows graze in a field as Yoga instructor Titannia Wantling takes part in the first ever Cow Yoga session at Paradise Farm in Leyland.
The experimental yoga class gives people a chance to experience movement with cows, as the animals are proven to lower stress whilst encouraging adults to enjoy exercising outdoors.
With tackling obesity currently high up on the government’s agenda, the Lancashire farm, alongside free range yogurt brand Lancashire Farm Dairies, has launched the Cow Yoga classes to get people motivated.
Azhar Zouq, managing director at Lancashire Farm Dairies, said: “Whilst most of the world has been locked down, our cows who produced more than 20 million litres of milk to create our yoghurts, have been as free to roam as ever. Life does not stop on the farm and the animals have been keeping active whilst the rest of us came to a halt.
“Now that tackling obesity is high on the government’s agenda, it is important to get exercise routines back on track and Yoga is the perfect activity to get the public moving. Best of all, it’s a great way to enjoy the countryside and roam with these wonderful animals.”
A recent study revealed that during the pandemic, adults spent 40 percent of their time in front of a screen streaming or watching tv.
And the amount of physical activity undertaken by UK adults between March and June fell by over a quarter, with many concerned about the impact this will have on their health whereas cows - who have long been maligned as a lazy species – have been racking up distances of up to 10km a week.
Visitors were guided through their motivational class at Paradise Farm, before being treated to a Lancashire Farm yoghurt smoothie.
With Lancashire Farm advocating free-range farming since its conception, the cow’s special treatment is far from usual. The herd is kept amused with music, winding down to artists from Mozart to Madonna before resting on individual mattresses.
To find out more about Lancashire Farm Dairies visit lancashirefarm.com