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Goats and Yoga? No Kidding!


Goat yoga is a thing, and it’s my new favorite thing. If you haven’t yet heard of this trending fitness craze, it’s exactly what you think it is—a yoga class featuring goats.

Goat yoga began on a farm in Oregon as a new form of animal therapy. Like dogs and horses, goats are social animals that bond easily with humans and can help treat conditions like depression and anxiety. They are also extremely cute and goofy and take the pressure of performance off exercise. Classes generally combine a one-hour yoga session with several adorable baby goats that run around, balance on your back and take themselves seriously zero percent of the time. It is pretty hard not to crack a smile when one of them scampers over and nudges your head for a treat while you’re in downward dog.

If you are not like me—an animal lover who would immediately sign up for an hour with any kind of cute and furry friend—you may be asking why you’d want to take a yoga class with baby goats. My advice? Take a friend and simply give it a try. And then just see if you don’t walk away with increased positivity in your day.

You have the freedom to take the class as seriously—or not—as you want. Follow the instructor through the flow, or take a seat on your mat with a cup of treats to attract cuddles from a baby goat or two. Either way, your brain is getting some much-needed happy endorphins.

As goat yoga continues its rise in popularity, Richardson offers several locations for locals to chaturanga with these cuties. I tried out Goat Yoga Richardson, which is held in a lovely neighborhood backyard and features a number of baby pygmy goats named Drake, Larry (the ladies’ man), Tommy, Gary, Frank, Mitch and Colin. They offer classes on weeknights and weekend mornings for only $16 with plenty of playtime afterwards with the goats.

Four Bullets Brewery also holds occasional goat yoga classes for $35, which includes a complimentary post-class pint and cuddle session with the rescue pygmy goats.

Whether you are new to yoga or a faithful yogi, goat yoga encourages you to laugh, let go and take yourself a little less seriously. Your example to do so is directly in front of (or on top of) you, hopping around without a care in the world.

Senior director of development and alumni relations at UT Dallas’ Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science by day, Brittany Huber is an avid yogi, animal lover and foodie by night. She and her husband, Collin, live in Plano with their dog, Savannah. Find Brittany and her food blog Let There Be Butter on Instagram @lettherebebutter.

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