Jun 192017
 
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Yoga on a farm with baby goats

I will be the first to admit that I have let myself go and I am completely out of shape.  I used to run 7 miles and now I couldn’t run 7 minutes if I tried, and that is unlikely with the summer months upon us.  I’m always looking for things to do and for things that at least give me the illusion that I am doing something healthy. I recently came upon an article in our local newspaper about a local yoga studio doing yoga with goats classes.

I have never done yoga; I’m not particularly flexible or quiet (I’m Italian, we aren’t meant to be quiet).  I have heard all the health benefits of yoga: increased flexibility, increased muscle tone & strength, increased energy, and weight loss, just to name a few.  I’ve also never had much of an interest in trying yoga……but this was with baby goats!!  I’m an animal lover through and through and let’s be honest, baby goats are adorable, so my friends and I decided to sign up for a class.  Let me tell you, these classes sell out quickly!! The class cost $30 for an hour and was being held rain or shine (indoors if it rained) at a local farm.

Goat yoga in Taunton, Massachusetts

The yoga studio is called Open Doors Yoga Studio in Taunton, MA (https://www.facebook.com/opendoorsyogastudiostaunton/).  They are franchised, so there are currently 11 but the Taunton one is owned by Marilva Wedge and her husband.  Classes are held at Pine Hill Farm in Taunton (https://www.facebook.com/pinehillfarmqh/). Pine Hills is a beautiful farm on 150+ acres of land (who knew that existed in Taunton??).  They offer horse boarding, horseback riding lessons, pony parties, and summer camps.  They also have a tack shop and sell farm fresh eggs.  We got there about ½ hour before class started so we could check out the animals a bit.  They have a lot of horses and they are simply gorgeous.  I took riding lessons years ago and my son takes them as well.  In fact, he’s starting at Pine Hill next week!

Pine Hills Farm in Taunton, MA

This class is an all levels class, so it’s for you even if you haven’t done yoga before. They explained that you can interact as much or as little with the goats as you choose. A word of caution, they aren’t potty trained and they don’t wear diapers, so they may have an accident on you or your mat (one did poop on my mat). They like to chew and they don’t care what it is: clothes, grass, hair…whatever.  One REALLY liked my hair.  After the brief introduction by Marilva (who is super nice!), the goats came out. Some were carried, some ran; it was quite possibly the cutest thing I have seen in a long time.

These baby goats ranged in age from 3 weeks to 3 months and they were ADORABLE. The class was held outside, under a tree and we had a wonderful day for it.  I’ll be honest; I did little to no yoga during the hour.  The goats were too cute and distracting.  Marilva was clearly used to this and took it all in stride and kept the class going despite the adorable distractions.  There were other people there helping to prevent the goats from wandering too far away, to clean up after them, and to make sure that everyone got to interact with them.  These little guys sat with us, took selfies, kissed us, chewed on hair, and jumped over us.  If these cuties don’t bring a smile to your face, nothing will.

Do yoga with goats on the south shore in Massachusetts

Marilva and the staff were wonderful. They made sure that everyone had a fun experience and helped everyone get the photos that they wanted. Some wanted a picture with the goat standing on their back; they got that picture with an added baby goat bonus (yuck!). This class is seriously a blast. Goats aside, I could see myself taking a beginner yoga class without the adorable distractions. When I do, I will go to Open Doors Yoga. And these little guys haven’t seen the last of me since I will be at Pine Hill every week for my son’s lessons. Watch out, my little goat friends!

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About Rachel

My name is Rachel and I'm the single mom of a 14 year old boy. I am a Registered Nurse nurse caring for our nation's veterans. I'm a amateur photographer and a self-proclaimed "adventurer"; I am always looking for for free and inexpensive ways to enjoy life.

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  76 Responses to “Goat Yoga”

  1. OMG, baby goats make everything better! I live in Georgia, so I know goats!

  2. That is awesome! I would pay double just to do yoga with baby goats. I’m not a yoga guy, but I can’t say no to baby goats.

  3. Thank you Rachel for the kind words and great review. Appreciate you spreading the word about your experience!!

  4. my girl is going for aerial yoga classes the next few days! so many kinds of interesting yoga to discover!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  5. This is so adorable! I have seen few videos of over excited baby goats and my heart was melting! Yoga with baby goat sounds so much fun! xx corinne

  6. Haha, I have a whole new perspective on yoga. There is all sort of forms of Yoga but with goats? I want to be part of this class. And this goat in the last pic is simply hilarious and a star lol

  7. Awe the thought of doing yoga with a baby goat sounds so much fun. I do yoga at home and it can be boring at times.

  8. Oh my goodness, this is awesome. I have heard of this and always wondered how this would go! Looks like so much fun.

  9. I also want to try yoga to improve my core and breathing. This one is also a good one since it lets you enjoy the outdoors and also bond with the animals.

  10. I have to say that this is a first for me! I’ve never heard of goat yoga before, but who wouldn’t want to spend an hour with those adorable goats? Adorable!!

  11. I love yoga, but baby goats would make it a thousand times better! What an awesome experience!

  12. This sounds like so much fun. I’m about to try yoga for the first time myself minus the baby goats.

  13. Baby goats are so cute. I have an author friend who is obsessed with them lol. I’ve seen this all over the internet. Fun.

  14. BAH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Too ridiculous and cute! 😉

  15. We lived in Mansfield until January. Why have I never heard of this place? This sounds awesome!

  16. Now this is my type of experience! I am very into fitness and absolutely love animals, so the opportunity to combine the two would be beyond awesome.

  17. As a yoga teacher, and animal lover I love this concept. ANything that gets people doing yoga and making the connection to nature

  18. Aww! I think this is the cutest thing. I want to like yoga but can never quite swing it. This would make me “ommmm!”

  19. Oh my goodness I am so jealous – I keep hearing about Yoga with baby goats and it is totally something I would love to try myself!

  20. I have heard much about goat yoga but I’ve never actually known anyone who has tried it. Who wouldn’t want to interact with these completely adorable babies? I probably wouldn’t get much yoga done either, I would be too busy playing with those babies!

  21. What a fun yoga experience at Pine Hill Farm! I wish there was a similar experience available with baby goats here in Northern California. I think I too would not have gotten much yoga done during the session when surrounded by such adorableness. 🙂

  22. Goat Yoga is definitely a thing here too and though I do yoga regularly I am not sure I am ready to invite the goats just yet lol. It does look fun though

  23. I love my dogs and all other animals so I would love to combine this with yoga. Those goats look so cute and fun to play with.

  24. Way to go Robin. I love Yoga, I do Yoga atleast two times a week. Makes me feel really calm and composed and I love those few minutes that I am away from my gadgets.

  25. Oh my goodness! I have never seen anything like this! This looks like so much fun!

  26. I heard about goat yoga a few weeks ago. If I try to do yoga at home, my own kids climb all over me lol!

  27. I think this is the best thing I have seen all day! I love baby goats and this would totally make my life to do yoga with them.

  28. This is such a fun concept! It sounds like the goats aren’t shy at all! I’m glad the instructor was good too.

  29. I’ve never heard of this place. Definitely a place I would love to visit.

  30. Oh. My. Word. This is the most creative idea I have ever seen! I instantly found myself relaxing. How fun!

  31. This may well be the craziest and cutest form of exercise ever. Where do I sign up?

  32. We raise sheep, so everyone messages us when they see something about goat yoga. I need to do a class somewhere so I can tell people that I did.

  33. I love yoga but I have never done yoga with goats before! I have seen video of it and one day I hope to try it! What a great way to try out yoga!

  34. Oh my gosh Robin I had no idea this even existed!!! But it looks awesome! I love baby goats! They are adorable and would definitely add a more fun element to yoga!!

  35. Oh my these goats are adorable. I have been doing a lot more yoga lately. It feels so good after.

  36. This is fun! I’d skip the yoga and play with the goats. I can’t take yoga seriously. I just get the giggles.

  37. I would have abandoned the entire yoga thing if I got a chance to play with the kids!

  38. That’s hilarious! I had no idea this was a thing at all. How fun.

  39. I have let myself go this past months too and I really need to get back in shape!

  40. Oh my goodness, these goats are adorable! What a fun idea for those that love goats. I’m not sure that I could do yoga with goats because I’d be distracted with the cuteness!

  41. This is so fun! I’m finding yoga is so good for me for fitness.

  42. Omg I saw something about this on the news! This is hilarious! It looks like a blast. I’m not much for yoga, but if I could do it with baby goats, I might be more apt to give it a try! 🙂

  43. That goat is very cute! It’s my first to hear doing yoga with goats. I’m sure it’s a unique experience.

  44. Omg baby goats What a different experience. I would try that if I lived there. 🙂

  45. I think this is awesome and adorable! It’s so fun to be able to do yoga outdoors and with goats too! This is the first time that I’ve heard of this! SO COOL.

  46. The goat is so cute. What a fun way to practice yoga! Love the idea.

  47. Goat Yoga, that sounds amazing. This is a great way to practise yoga.

  48. I’ve heard of this before and I think it’s awesome that there’s such a thing! It’s really funny when you think about it but the goats can also ease the stress and make the experience more fun!

  49. I’ve seen stuff on this and I think the concept is so funny, but I think it would distract you from the exercise x

  50. I never heard of this. What a fascinating experience!
    Who could say no to baby goats!

  51. I LOVE yoga, but there is NO way that I would be able to do yoga when there are baby goats to play with!!! They are so cute!

  52. I have actually heard of this and I would try it if it were in my area. It sounds interesting with the lil fellows. Thanks for sharing the information and the adorable photos.

  53. I would have just played with baby goats and forget about yoga

  54. Aww this is a new style of yoga lol but very interesting, I would be too busy trying to play with the goats.

  55. Everything about this sounds like fun! How can you not love those cuties?

  56. Those are really cute baby goats. I would love interacting with them. Although I might feel a little strangely about doing yoga while interacting with them. Looks like a cute experience

  57. Yoga is so much fun and those baby goats?! So freaking cute!! That would be so much fun. I need to get myself back in shape too.

  58. I have said I wanted to do yoga, and I was a second ago saying I wanted to do it again. I click on your post to see Yoga, Haha!! Thank youuuuuu

  59. The baby goats are adorable but I don’t think they fit in a yoga class. I don’t do yoga and it just amazes me that there are so many different types now.

  60. A friend of mine has been obsessed with try this out. It does look like fun, and as someone who isn’t all the big into yoga, I think it would help me enjoy it more.

  61. OK, this is flipping awesome! I think baby goats are adorable anyway. To do yoga with them would be so much fun!

  62. OMG that has to be the cutest thing ever. Baby goats make anything fun!

  63. This is such the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Baby goats and yoga what a cool concept.

  64. Ok how neat is this? I’d never heard of this before but I love goats, think they are SO cute. I’d be down for this!

  65. This is the very first time I’ve ever heard of this LOL. I’d be down, the goats are so cute!

  66. This sounds amazing – I’d love this to come to the Uk, I’d go for sure x

  67. omg, I’ve never ever heard of this! I love the concept though! Goats are so cute

  68. Ha ha those little goats would make me want to take Yoga. I’m going to have to let you inspire me to restart it. I couldn’t even run 7 seconds without getting tired. I wish they had goat yoga around here.

  69. This is so stinking cute! Can I participate just to play with the baby goats? I think I would rather do that than the yoga, lol

  70. Aww, this class sounds absolutely adorable! I would definitely be more tempted to try yoga if I got to play with goats at the same time 🙂

    Louise x

  71. I’ve read about this, and been really intrigued by the whole concept. My grandma used to raise goats, and they were so friendly and good-natured. Sounds like it would give you real incentive to keep going!

  72. I can’t believe there are so many forms of yoga! This is the first time I have heard about goat yoga. I don’t do yoga though. I will recommend this to friends and family.

  73. This is hilarious! I am not sure how relaxing this would be, but definitely entertaining!

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