Feb 8, 2023 - News

Practice yoga with butterflies at the Butterfly Pavilion

Photo: Courtesy of the Butterfly Pavilion

I want to tell you about the coolest thing I've done so far this year.

Details: The Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, about 20 minutes north of Denver, offers "Rainforest Yoga" classes most Saturday mornings. You're surrounded by exotic plants and beautiful butterflies.

  • The Wings of the Tropics conservatory houses roughly 1,800 butterflies representing 80 different species, spokesperson Jennifer Quermann tells Axios Denver.

Fun fact: Butterflies love sweat β€” so be prepared for them to land on you.

  • The yoga instructors are well-trained to assist any winged friends who linger a little too long, which inevitably results in giggles throughout the 30-person class. It's all really fun.

Of note: Keep an ear out for a sweet melody from Larry, a Eurasian collared dove who has lived in the conservatory for over two decades.

  • He eats seeds β€” not butterflies β€” "so he's a good friend to all our rainforest critters," Quermann says.

My thought bubble: As a nature lover, the whole experience was magical and honestly made me a little teary. I can't wait to go back.

Be smart: The one-hour class runs from 8-9am and is $10 for non-Pavilion members. Yogis of all skill levels are welcome, and pre-registration for classes is required.


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