Two bunnies and lady doing yoga

Yoga + Bunnies

Did I mention that a few weeks ago I was invited to take pictures of a group of people doing yoga with bunnies? Bunnies — as in actual rabbits?

Two bunnies and lady doing yogaYup.

The Lonehill Bunnies is an animal rescue in Lonehill (near Fourways) that focuses on rescuing and caring for stray and abandoned domestic rabbits. The bunny yoga event was a fundraiser for these lost bunnies.

I feel kind of bad publishing this post. I’m pretty sure the moment it’s up I’ll start getting messages from people asking how they, too, can do yoga with bunnies.

Sorry, wannabe bunny yogis — I don’t have an answer for you. As of now this was a once-off event, but hopefully the folks at Lonehill Bunnies will schedule another one soon. I feel they would be crazy not to, as this looks like a fundraising goldmine if I ever saw one.

In the meantime, I can’t not share these photos as they are too awesome.

Yoga with the Lonehill Bunnies

This bunny yoga session was the first of its kind in South Africa. (Apparently something like this has happened before in Canada, but that’s the only other place anyone knows of.) It was basically the same as any other yoga class except there were six or eight rabbits hopping around, chilling on yoga mats, jumping on people’s backs, etc.

The participating bunnies were carefully chosen for their laid-back personalities — they were all domesticated pets and not recent rescues — ensuring there would be no biting or aggression during the class. There were also several bunny minders posted throughout the room to periodically take the bunnies outside when they needed a rest (and also to clean up any bunny poop, although as far as I saw there was none).

I personally believed no one would do any actual yoga during this class. How could you possibly concentrate on yoga poses when there are bunnies hanging around asking to be pet? But these yogis were hardcore and they powered through. Although I’m not sure I’ve ever seen people smile so much while doing yoga.

I don’t know why I’m still talking, as I know you all just want to see the pictures. So here they are. I’m going to break my normal rule and forego photo captions.

Yoga and bunnies

stretching with bunnies

Bunny under person doing yoga

Bunny and yogi

Bunny and feet

Yoga and bunny

two bunnies

Bunny on backAnd there you have it.

Follow the Lonehill Bunnies on Facebook for updates on future events, and also to find out how you can donate to help the bunnies.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Fiver March 20, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Oh oh first post!!!
    Anyway, bunny yoga (buga? bonga? yonny?) looks fun.

    • Reply 2summers March 20, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Boga?

      What do you mean by first post?

  • Reply eremophila March 20, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Fred wants one!!!!!! (But I wouldn’t trust him!☺)

    • Reply 2summers March 21, 2018 at 10:35 am

      Hahaha. I love you Fred but I’m also not sure this would be wise.

  • Reply autumnashbough March 21, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Great pictures and they are so adorable!

    My in-laws would say, “Do they eat them afterwards? Such nice fat rabbits should not go to waste!”

    • Reply 2summers March 21, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      They are indeed very plump and healthy-looking.

  • Reply Lani March 22, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Too cute ^^

  • Reply violetonlineisonline March 22, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    I read the rabbits as rabbis and though hmmm okay.

    • Reply 2summers March 22, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      Hmm rabbi yoga.

  • Reply Alison March 23, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Adorable and funny. I don’t think I’d be able to concentrate with all those fluffcakes running around!

    • Reply 2summers March 23, 2018 at 6:03 am

      Taking photos was hard enough 😂

  • Reply Amelie March 29, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Animals and yoga have become very popular tactics to lure people to yoga classes. There is a cat cafe here in NYC (Meow Parlour) that periodically offers yoga classes with the cats (I follow them on Instagram). I’ve also seen goat yoga videos which was hilarious with tiny goats constantly hopping on and off people. Pretty sure I’ve seen bunny yoga around too. I’m interested in doing cat yoga as I think that could be pretty fun. Any other animal yoga I’d get too distracted!

    • Reply 2summers March 29, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      I’ve also heard of something called doga – yoga with dogs! 🐶

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