You may do yoga alone or in a class with others. Have you ever had fuzzy animals involved as you stretch in the downward dog—specifically goats?
Goat yoga is a huge fitness trend this year, and yoga studios across the country are clamoring to introduce these farm animals to yogis.
Got Your Goat: What Is Goat Yoga?
Lainey Morse, a farmer and freelance photographer in Oregon, is credited with starting goat yoga. She decided to invite some yogis to stretch and flex among the animals. It turned out to be a match made in heaven.
According to Morse, the goats may play, cuddle, and sometimes even fight with other goats during yoga classes. Morse herself has eight goats on her farm, so there are plenty to go around.
Why Is It So Popular?
Morse states that right now, 1,200 to 2,400 people are waiting to try her goat yoga class. She charges $20-$30 for 60 minutes of goat playtime and yoga.
So why can’t people get enough? Morse says it’s because natural goat behavior blends in so well with the principles of yoga, such as stretching and meditation. “My goats are just very peaceful animals and everyone that comes leaves stress-free and happy,” she said. “When they chew their cud, it’s almost like they go into a meditative state and it’s very soothing to watch and it’s perfect to combine with yoga.”
Where Can I Find Goat Yoga Near Me?
Don’t live anywhere near Oregon? No problem. As mentioned, goat yoga classes are becoming more widespread. That said, some of the classes are more expensive than Morse’s (with prices between $10 and $40 according to Time.com), and many of them are sold out as quickly as they are announced.
To get an idea of which goat yoga classes are available near you, search online for your location. If you are interested in trying this unique fitness trend, don’t wait long to register.