Pilates with Pacas embraced by community

Pulse Pilates by the Sea owner/instructor Melinda Pain hanging out with the AllyHar Alpaca Farm’s alpacas.

By Angela Norval

After the huge success of yoga with goats around the world, two local businesses have come together to bring another fun fitness idea to the Bundaberg region.

AllyHar Alpaca Farm and Pulse Pilates by the Sea have showcased Pilates with Pacas with participants already enjoying the chance to be outside and enjoying time with the animals with classes suited to all fitness levels.

AllyHar Alpaca Farm’s Angela Samways saw the idea on Facebook tried on a New Zealand farm and thought it was something she would like to offer people in Bundaberg, connecting with Pulse Pilates by the Sea owner/instructor Melinda Pain who shared her interest in making the classes happen.

“My alpacas love people and during the first Pilates with Pacas just went about grazing in the paddock, although eventually they did head over to check out all the Pilates mats and humans,” Angela said.

“The beauty of it is that alpacas are very calming, help people to relax and watching them grazing peacefully in the paddock after a long day is all you need to wind down.

“One of our alpacas, Ginger, seems to win the hearts of all that visit our farm and is always about for a cuddle or two; while the babies are super cute and curious and like to come up to check everyone out.

“I am super excited about teaming up with Melinda and being able to offer this unique experience to others.”

Melinda Pain agreed with Angela, saying there was something special about being out in nature.

“The farm is located just behind CQUniversity so is centrally located yet offers a feeling of escape,” she said.

“Surrounded by the trees and open paddocks you could easily feel that you are hours out of town.

“Personally, I love the idea of one small business supporting another small business, and Angela thought the Pilates with Pacas would be a great fit due to my love of animals and the fact that I already offer outdoor/mobile classes.

“It’s a completely new concept for the region, but something that has celebrated a lot of success worldwide and Pilates with Pacas has the perfect ring to it.

“I am a big believer in the power of business collaboration and in a community, such as Bundaberg we have so much opportunity to do so.

“Having Angela trust me in her business space is a great honour and these classes showcase not just my passion for helping people through Pilates, but also her passion for her herd.”

In the first-class Melinda enjoyed seeing the alpacas interact with participants, with many reaching for their phones to take the perfect Alpaca selfie.

“Alpacas are a very intelligent animal and though quite shy, they are also naturally inquisitive.

“Unlike many other animals, they are very quiet and don’t make continual noises like sheep and goats, so you can’t help but watch them go about their day and feel very calm in the process.

The sessions are currently being held on a Thursday and Saturday morning (weather permitting) while they gauge interest levels.

All bookings can be made through the Pulse Pilates by the Sea website at pulsepilatesbythesea.com.au

There will also be the expansion of a Friday afternoon yoga session run by Bundy Yoga.