Looking for next level yoga? Just add goats

Looking for next level yoga? Just add goats

TOWN OF HOUNSFIELD, N.Y. (WWNY) - Health trends come, and health trends go. And sometimes, health trends feature goats.

Yes. Goats. The animals.

Old McDonald's Farm in the Town of Hounsfield hosted a goat yoga class Sunday, a first for the business.

“I got messages from people asking me would you consider goat yoga?” said farm manager Julia Robbins. “I thought that kind of sounds weird, and then this summer a few more people asked me, and I was like, why not?”

Yoga participants hang out with goats while they exercise
Yoga participants hang out with goats while they exercise (Source: wwny)

Goat yoga is just like regular yoga, except there are goats around. Participants learn basic poses, and interact with the animals mid-exercise. A healthy amount of popcorn strewn about the yoga area helps keep the goats interested.

“Animals are really therapeutic and they're fun for adults and kids, so they kind of go hand in hand,” Robbins said. “Yoga is known to be calming, and animals can be very calming as well.”

Make no mistake, the goats do as they please, but no one seems at all bothered. The animals will check you out, nose to nose. Or, they'll rifle through your duffle bag. Or, they'll jump on your back during a pose. It's all part of the fun.

A goat "helps" a yoga participant with her pose
A goat "helps" a yoga participant with her pose (Source: wwny)

“I had come here with the intention of not losing focus and running through my class,” said yoga instructor Tanna Fleming. “But the goats are so cute and so fun that I was a little distracted here and there.”

Dana Cain decided her first ever yoga class should be of the goat variety, and she wasn't disappointed.

“I thought it would be a rather interesting experience, as you can see,” Cain said, as a goat decided to jump on her.

In the end, the participants enjoyed their yoga session, and the goats enjoyed the company and popcorn. Workers at Old McDonald’s Farm think they’ve found a winning combo, and may plan another session for September.

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