Goat yoga – yoga with goats is becoming increasingly popular in US state of Oregon.
The goats walk through the class and blend with performers.
In August, Lainey Morse, owner of No Regrets Farm in Albany where the class takes place, told Oregon Live, “My goats are very social and friendly animals and love to interact with people.”
The popularity of exercising with the hoofed creatures has only grown, especially after a video about the class was created by “60 Second Docs.”
In the video Morse said the class has a waiting list of 600 people. Over email on Tuesday, she said that list is now up to over 900.
In the colder months, goat yoga has moved into the barn.
“I did Holiday Goat Yoga in the month of December in my barn and I had people coming from Seattle and Portland and California and even one from Chicago!” Morse told Oregon Live.
Morse said that since starting goat yoga, it has taken over her life.
“I ended up quitting my job that I had for the past 10 years and I’m doing this full time now!” she said.
She can longer do yoga on her farm due to zoning rules but she said she is working with Oregon State University to provide goat yoga on campus and is also working with Emerson Vineyards to do “Sunset Goat Yoga & Wine Tasting” on Saturdays and Sundays starting in the spring.
“It’s been such an uphill battle trying to create this new thing,” Morse said. “I had six liability insurance companies turn me down.”
Still, she’s committed to providing goat yoga. And it’s so popular now, there is even a line of goat yoga apparel.
“People are desperate for something that is pure and peaceful,” says Morse in the video.
“It’s really hard to be in pain and sad when there’s baby goats jumping around you,” she adds. “It’s just you’re letting go.”