Add It to the Bucket List: Do Yoga Alongside Baby Goats in Oregon
Outdoor yoga can be a beautiful thing for those seeking serenity: sitting in child’s pose in the middle of a field, sun shining on your face...a friendly goat standing on your mat.
“Goat Yoga” is now a real thing. At No Regrets Farm in Albany, Oregon, visitors can take a yoga class while a herd of six mini goats prances in between mats.
The studio is a field behind the barn at No Regrets, managed by Lainey Morse. Instead of walls or mirrors, yogis look out at the Coastal Mountains and pet a goat between poses.
The goats themselves aren’t doing any yoga—or at least not the traditional poses. They act more like therapy animals, there to create a relaxing ambiance for attendees.
“My goats are all very social and friendly so they graze and sit and lie down next to everyone,” Morse said in a statement. “This would never work if my goats weren’t so socialized.” Chickens and a barn cat also stroll through the class and sit down next to guests while they’re in downward dog.
The idea for Goat Yoga came from a children’s birthday party held on Morse’s farm. One of the mothers of an attendee was a yoga teacher who mentioned to Morse that the property would be a beautiful location for a yoga class. A few weeks ago, the first class was held and there are two more scheduled for September.
“My goats are just very peaceful animals and everyone that comes over leaves stress free and happy,” Morse said. “When they chew their cud it’s almost like they go into a meditative state and it’s very soothing to watch and it’s perfect to combine with Yoga.”
You can lead a goat to yoga class, but you can’t always make it savasana: Visitors “should know that this is still a farm and farm animals do farm things,” Morse told Travel + Leisure. “You might get goat pellets on your mat, they may mount each other because they are young boys so that's to be expected and the barn cat might just kill a field mouse while we are out there.”
However, none of that happened at the first class, Morse said.
For goat enthusiasts that shy away from yoga, after the classes there’s also Goat Happy Hour after class where guests can stay for a glass of wine and watch the sunset.
Goat Yoga is sold out until spring of 2017. But visitors can email email@example.com to be put on a waiting list for summer 2017.