Is doing the Downward Goat the next trend in yoga workouts?
At Barnyard Yoga class at Pampered Pup Luxury Pet Resort in Garland, Texas, yogis find their center with the help of a few livestock friends. Rolling their mats out in the hay, participants tried their best poses while a goat or two wandered around them.
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For a super-serious yoga enthusiast, this might sound like a nightmare. Adorable furry creatures peeking into your class, asking to be pet? A total focus-buster. How’s anyone supposed to nail their Crow Pose with the clip clop of tiny precious baby hooves all around them? But for this class, that’s the point.
The goats are meant to help newcomers ease into their practice, in the most laid-back place possible: An actual barn. They are there to ease any “embarrassment they may have felt in a traditional class,” according to the local Daily Journal. When you’re reaching out to pet a cute goat, you’re not thinking about who’s watching you and whether your form is perfect.
It’s officially a trend: In Albany, Oregon, goat yoga’s already a hit. “My goats are very social and friendly animals and love to interact with people,”Lainey Morse of No Regrets Farm 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.”
Participants were then allowed to feed apple slices and carrots to the other animals on the farm, including horses, chickens, alpacas, and more. It’s unclear if the next class will include Upward Facing Chicken.
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