Yoga has long been known to be excellent for stress relief and during September’s session at Zena Suri Alpacas, the yoga got even better.

The first Yoga with Alpacas event took place Saturday, September 14th, in a peaceful outdoor setting. The alpacas observed serenely from the sidelines and many of them actually laid down when the human participants did.

Why is Yoga with Alpacas even more relaxing and fun than regular yoga?

Studies have shown that just being around these peaceful creatures lowers people’s blood pressure. And being in a peaceful outdoor setting with fresh air and the gentle sounds of nature, enhances the experience even more.

“Alpacas have a mystical quality that is really beautiful and relaxing – plus they’re cute. They add to the experience. And it’s refreshing to practice outdoors where you can see the sky,” said Yoga Instructor and Reiki Master Kirsten Mustain, who taught the yoga class.

Mustain, who has been teaching Iyengar-style yoga for 16 years, said she felt the experience was very special. She is looking forward to the next Yoga with Alpacas event, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th from 5 - 7 p.m.

“Since it’s evening, we will do a gentle, restorative practice and a relaxing guided meditation,” Mustain explained.

Owned by Tom and Kathleen Callan, Zena Suri Alpacas sits on 78 acres located about 15 minutes south of Grove. With a friendly staff, and a happy and healthy herd of alpacas, it is a fun and interesting destination for the whole family.

The large barn and wrap-around porch mean the event can be held rain or shine, in hot or cold weather. Tickets include yummy, healthful snacks for all provided by Lena Foreman, conversation afterwards, and a 10% discount in the alpaca store.

For more information, or to make reservations, call 804-389-2579, email,, or visit

Advance tickets are required for all attendees.