Have you heard about goat yoga? When I first heard about it, I thought it was a baaaaaad joke (sorry, I couldn’t help myself!), but it’s totally a thing and is incredibly fun. It’s literally yoga AND goats!
My experience took place at Little Peeps Farmer for a Day where our yogi led a class of about 20 humans through a complete yoga class while baby goats (kids) interacted with the students. I was skeptical, but completely intrigued. Let’s just address the elephant in the room … YES! The goats poop while you’re doing yoga. YES! They will poop on your yoga mat … but it’s pellets, like a rabbit and they exude such cuteness that you tend to forgive them quickly and just push it off your mat.
The goats at Little Peeps are Nigerian Dwarf Goats, so fear not, large goats will not come climbing on your back during tabletop position. They simply roam around the field of yogis and wait for the opportune moment to perch atop your flat back, help you hold your tabletop longer and leave you giggling in your plank. Word of caution ladies, hide your pony tails because they will try to eat them! What’s the point of goat yoga? It can be relaxing once you get over the silliness of goats running under your downward dog and their tiny little hooves do massage your back.
Did the goats distract from the yoga session? Oh just a little, but let’s be honest, we weren’t really there to sweat it out hot yoga style, we were there for the sheer cuteness of the goats and for the experience. So, if you’re a diehard yoga slayer and looking to take yoga seriously, goat yoga may not be for you. There’s not much of the “namaste” or silence found in the yoga studio and a goat will surely steal your shavasana. If you’re looking for a fun stretch with all the cuteness in creation running around you, then plan to check goat yoga off your bucket list.
Post shavasana plan to feed the goats too! The farm recommended snacks to bring like carrot tops, apple cores and various uncooked vegetable scraps (not moldy). Just be prepared, you will want to take a goat home!
Little Peeps Farmer for a Day is located in the Beach Blvd & St John’s Bluff area, Jacksonville, Florida 32246 with goat yoga classes scheduled in February and March. You can find their dates on Facebook here. They also have other farm events that may be great opportunity for upcoming Spring Break. So Mom’s this may be the perfect spot to occupy some time and have some fun with the kids too! If you decide to give goat yoga a try, be sure to share pictures with us too!
Jennifer Heller is the Operations and Marketing Manager with The Volen Group, Keller Williams Luxury International, with over 15 years experience in Real Estate. She is a Jacksonville resident via Long Island, NY since 1991, a crafter, chalk painter and an avid fitness enthusiast.