Goat Yoga

Let me begin by sharing about the last five minutes of class.  A 30lbs goat urinated all over my back. (No further explanation needed. See the pictures below, and a special thanks to Ben for capturing the moment.)

 

Did you read the title of this post twice? It wouldn’t shock me if you did. And yes, you read it correctly, it’s goat, as in those furry, four-legged friends. A friend of mine was celebrating her birthday and invited me to join a ‘goat yoga session’. I love unique adventures and animals, so it seemed to be right up my alley.

Yoga with goats? But why? That is a fantastic question, and I still do not have the answer. Some of my research indicated that many people consider goats to be therapeutic and calming. The goats I encountered were anything but calming. They were lively and running back-and-forth during the duration of the class. The yoga itself was a modified Vinyasa class with no savasana. (Thank God, because I can’t imagine that would work with a dozen hyper-active goats in an enclosed place.)

The class lasted an hour and was held on a farm, inside an enclosed area. The instructor was fantastic and had a unique background including studying science at Yale. Her knowledge of animals was impressive! As she stood at the front of the class teaching, several other volunteers from the farm stood on the outskirts of the enclosed area. They had dustpans and were there to assist if the goats got too rowdy. They did get rowdy- chewing on my hair, shirt, and running- full speed- across my back while in downward-facing dog.

The real-icing on the cake happened at the end of class. I thought attempting to get into plank-pose with a 30-lbs goat on my back would make for a fantastic photo-opportunity. After the picture below was taken, the goat proceeded to urinate all over my back. (Yes, my favorite Nux workout top is now in the garbage.) I can’t thank the goat enough for the golden shower.

In a nutshell, Goat Yoga is not for the easily-grossed out or major germaphobe. You really have to be keen with the idea of getting up-close and personal with nature, because that is exactly what you’ll do. The experience was one that I will never forget, and it was such a fun way to celebrate my friend’s birthday.

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Special thanks to Nadeau Farms for the unique and fun experience!