We wanted to hear an expert's thoughts on the benefits of this exercise, so we asked journalist Carol Bradley, author of "Last Chain on Billie."
"I would imagine any exercise is a good thing for a captive elephant. Ideally she would have the freedom to walk many miles on the ground, not concrete. But given her captive situation, I'd say these keepers should be commended for encouraging her to perform these movements," Bradley told The Dodo.
"They're using protected contact, which means this elephant is choosing to stay near them," she explained. "At the Elephant Sanctuary, the use of target training has taught the elephants to present different body parts (often needed for examinations) in exchange for treats. It's done in a positive way, so the elephants really enjoy it, including Billie, the elephant I wrote about."
Hopefully, this yoga helps calm the elephant from the stress of raising a baby in captivity. This particular elephant has already faced trauma in her life. "...Num-Oi was artificially inseminated in August following the death of her calf Sanook, who got stuck in a tyre," reported The Age.
Elephants don't belong in captivity; They belong in the wild. These beautifully smart animals have been known to mourn their family members, recognize themselves in the mirror and they have very complex means of communicating with each other.
While yoga won't bring Num-Oi and her newborn back to the freedom of the wild, it will hopefully bring both of them to a zen place in her mind, even if she never gets the real thing.