Pig Yoga Exists And It’s The Greatest Thing On Earth

Illustration by Lindsay Hattrick

Don't even try to tell me otherwise

I hate working out. I really, really do. But since, you know, being semi-active is a requirement of staying healthy, I'm constantly seeking new and inventive ways to keep me on my feet.

One lazy Sunday afternoon spent searching for a new class to try, I decided to Google "pig yoga" to see if it was a thing, since yoga is probably the only form of exercise that I find tolerable, and, well, I love pigs. When I found that it was, in fact, a thing in Philadelphia—a quick two-hour drive from New York City—I squealed (hah, hah) with delight.

I really love pigs. I guess you can say that I have a somewhat unhealthy obsession with them, one that began long before celebrities like Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus made pigs the trendy pet of the moment. No, my great love for pigs began when I watched Babe for the first time as a four-year-old. I then continued to watch it basically every day of my childhood. Fast-forward to 2018, and at any given moment, you can find me sobbing over the Instagram stories of one of the many Insta-famous pigs I follow. Not only are pigs the cutest, sweetest, and some of the most loyal creatures on earth, they're also smart—even smarter than your dog. What's not to love about them?

With that said, off to Philly I went to visit Tuck Barre & Yoga and take a Saturday afternoon pig yoga class.

Studio owner Callie Kim first teamed up with the lovely FairyTail Acres this past July to host her very first pig yoga class, and they have since made it a monthly event. FairyTail Acres is a rescue organization located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, that not only saves our sweet porcine friends but also trains them to become therapy pigs. Founder Chris Hainley brings six pigs-in-training—some tiny, some enormous—to roam around the studio as Kim takes 20 or so yoga- and pig-enthusiasts (and just the plain curious) through a vinyasa class.

The class itself is extremely welcoming and open to those of all skill levels—from first-timers to seasoned yogis—something I found comforting, as I'm not exactly the most confident when it comes to my own yoga practice. But really, it didn't even matter in the end, because a handful of snorting, squealing angels were waddling and wiggling around me, eating graham crackers out of a cup placed next to my mat—perfecting my Warrior 3 was not really my top priority.

I'm not going to sit here and tell you that it was the best workout I've ever had, because, well, I didn't really do that much. I gave up on whatever pose I was holding the second one of my new swine friends came over to me to say hello. Why would I hold a Tree pose when I could roll around on the floor with Franklin, a puppy-sized five-month-old piglet, instead? What I will tell you is that it was the most magical day of my life. If you, too, love pigs (or animals in general), you should really consider trying a pig yoga class, because it will be an experience you never forget.

Sure, my life plan of raising a pig of my own might be put on hold until I live in an apartment big enough to house one (and, yes, I'm fully aware that "mini" pigs don't exist, and I will be perfectly happy with swine son or daughter reaching medium- to large-dog size, thank you very much). Until then, though, there's always pig yoga. And repeated viewings of not only Babe but also Grande's original video for "breathin.'"

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.