Have you heard of goat yoga? I know you’re probably thinking, ‘You’ve goat to be kidding me!’ As odd as it sounds, though, goat yoga is a real thing, and it’s growing in popularity. I hadn’t heard of it until a friend of mine recommended it a few weeks ago. It’s a yoga class…with baby goats.
Now if you’re picturing a bunch of goats doing yoga poses, you’re a little off, but not by much. You do the yoga poses, and the goats frolic around you. While you exercise, you can pet them, and if you’re lucky, one might even jump on your back.
For my birthday this year, I couldn’t come up with a gift idea, so Mr. Handsome accompanied me to a goat yoga class put on by Shenanigoats, a Nashville company that specializes in goat yoga and goatscaping. The baby goats do the goat yoga classes, while the older goats work in the goatscaping business helping property owners clear their land. You can also hire the goats for private parties and events.
Now back to the goat yoga. Two of the goats (wearing pink and green fuzzy pajamas…my heart melted when I saw them) were only five weeks old, while the others were a little older but still under six months. There were a few different breeds, but the pygmy goats were by far the cutest.
The class was one hour long, and the yoga routine was at a beginner level. The yoga was great, but the goats were even better. You don’t have to be an animal lover to enjoy the class. As someone who has a decent fear of dogs, I had no problem being around the goats. They were very gentle, and they didn’t try to eat anyone’s fingers or toes.
Mr. Handsome pulled off a bridge with a goat on his stomach. I was highly impressed. Not only can I not do a bridge, but if I could, I certainly couldn’t do it while balancing a goat.
At the end of the class, we had 10 minutes to take additional photos with the goats. We goat some really cute ones!
Goat yoga truly was a unique experience, filled with loads of laughter and entertainment. And if you’re having a baaaaaad day, the goats are sure to make you smile! (Okay, no more goat puns.)
What do you think of the idea of goat yoga? Would you be up for trying it? For my readers in the Nashville area, be sure to check out the class schedule on the Shenanigoats website.