Continuing on the trend of doing yoga with animals, goat yoga is now a thing according to the New York Times.
The idea originated at a kid’s birthday party thrown in a backyard filled with goats in Albany, Oregon (near Portland, of course!) “Kids and kids” the witty invite said. A mom, Lainey Morse, had begun begun adopting goats as an unusual form of therapy and her friend, a yoga instructor, who also attended the party came up with the idea of a yoga/goat mashup. Why not?
More than 600 people around the world joined a waiting list before the first few classes were even held. Some people are apparently crazy about goats. A woman in Michigan sent Ms. Morse a bracelet with the phrase “goat yoga” formed by keys from an old manual typewriter, which Ms. Morse wears like a charm. Another explained, “I have a goat problem.” Others even have goat tattoos.
But what about the actual yoga? Gladly it does not involve balancing on a goat. Attendees lay out yoga mats in a field on Lainey Morse’s “No Regrets Farm: and do traditional yoga poses as tribes of miniature goats frolic quietly nearby. So basically you do your downward dogs, except, while facing goats.
“My goats are very social and friendly animals and love to interact with people,” Morse originally told the Oregonian “Animals are known to have so many health benefits for humans as well, so the mix of goats and yoga seemed to fit.”
We kid you not!