Relax with Yoga – Alpaca Style!
- David Ginisi
Have you hugged an alpaca lately? Okay, be honest: Have you even seen an alpaca lately? Chances are good that if you’ve been to a local fair or festival, you’ve seen these cuddly creatures – and the soft, warm hats, mittens and other products made of alpaca fiber. Keith and Debbie Tetrault of Plain View Alpaca Farm in Hubbardston love to take their furry friends on the road to meet and captivate visitors to the events.
But you can get to know these downright lovable creatures up close and personal by taking a ride out to the farm at 130 Gardner Road any Sunday. A visit to the farm is a great family outing, offering not only the opportunity to see the animals – who love to have company! – but also to visit the farm shop filled with all kinds of goodies produced with alpaca yarn, including those nifty dryer balls that replace chemically-infused dryer sheets. The balls reduce static cling, last for thousands of wash loads, and do wonders in terms of making clothes soft.
But we digress. Alpacas aren’t just about warm, silky fiber – and a visit to the farm isn’t just about seeing a wonderland of products made from it. In Hubbardston, a visit to the alpaca farm can help you burn calories, tone your muscles, increase your flexibility, and relax. How does all of that happen? Spend part of your Sunday morning doing Yoga with the alpacas you see! Yoga instructor and alpaca owner Allison Smith offers one-hour sessions in this peaceful farm setting – and even alpacas are drawn into the relaxation mood! After the Yoga sessions, you can’t help but take selfies with the alpacas and even offer them a bit of lunch! What could be more relaxing, or more mood-lifting, than this start to a busy week?
Alpacas, an integral part of the ancient Incan civilization in the mountains of South America, were first imported to the United States in 1984. They are gently and easy to handle. They do not have incisor teeth, horns, hoofs, or claws, making them safer than many other animals, and they do not bite or butt. Want to know more? Visit plainviewalpacafarm.com – or take a Sunday drive to Hubbardston!