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.
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!
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.
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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