My daughter, Sophia, has been my yoga partner since she was three years old. Now she has replaced me. She has a new yoga partner… a baby goat! This was our first shot at goat yoga on the Stenner Farm. Bonnie and Clyde, our newest twin goats, were born just three short weeks ago.
We have heard so much about goat yoga, and we couldn’t wait to give it a try. There are not many options for goat yoga where we live, so we decided to make our own class. We pulled out the mats, gave momma goat some treats, so she didn’t freak out, and we began our new practice. It quickly became clear that Bonnie loves yoga, and is a natural. However, Clyde would rather chase the birds and eat grass. He has no interest in it, at all.
Goat yoga was not what we expected. There was much more snuggling going on than planking. We were so relaxed and comfortable that there were even a few naps in between the down dog and warrior pose.
Goat yoga was much more enjoyable than we thought it would be. We highly encourage you to find a local goat yoga practice. It is truly the best form of pure joy and relaxation around. There are a few things you should know about before you go.
Here are 6 things you need to know before your first Goat Yoga session…
1.Pull your hair up in a pony tail or bun. These little sweeties will get your long locks confused with their hay and try to eat it.
2.Wear comfortable and old yoga clothes that you are not concerned about ruining. This is not the time to pull out your fancy Lululemon workout gear. You may go home with a new hole from nibbling or a tiny manure smear. No worries, it’ll wash out.
3.The same principle applies to your yoga mat. Bring an older one. The thicker the better if your goat yoga session is outside, as most are.
4.If you are headed to goat yoga with a friend, get all the latest scoop and conversation out on the way to class. Goats can get a nervous stomach when exposed to loud noises. The quieter you are, the better experience you all will have.
5.If you are a driven athlete with workout goals, leave those at home. As we used to say on the beach…We are on island time. That means there is no schedule and go with the flow. The precious goats will determine the pace and movement of the yoga session. Even if you have a good yogi instructor, the goats can be a bit stubborn and distracted.
6.Be prepared to snuggle and play. Do not be surprised if the goat falls asleep on your back or jumps on your legs. Soak it in and enjoy it those endorphins. You are going to have a blast.
Thanks for stopping by today to check out the Stenner Farm adventures. We are honored to have you join in the fun.
Blessings to you my friend!
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