04 Mar Practicing Yoga, Breathing, Meditation and Community Service in Peru
Posted at 12:42h in South AmericaWritten by Zachary Slouka, Peru Mind and Body Program Leader. In the Peruvian Amazon, about 200 miles south of Iquitos in the Reserva National Matsa, scientists have observed several herds of tapirs (large browsing mammals similar in shape to a pig) practicing yoga techniques such as the Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog). The scientists believed the yoga to be an attempt on the part of the tapirs to alleviate the considerable stress of being an endangered species. What’s more, the prehistoric-looking mammals were videotaped engaging in breathing techniques and what seemed to be meditation, stunning a team of natural biologists who camped for weeks in the jungle to capture a rare glimpse of the transcendental tapirs, as they slowly chewed up the vegetation and stared into space.