In Oregon, and Now, Amsterdam, the Latest Craze Is… Goat Yoga?

Mar 26, 2017

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A new yoga trend is gaining steam and it’s certainly… unique. Goat Yoga, a new craze that began on a farm in Oregon last year, has now found its way across the pond to the Ridammerhoeve Goat Farm, located just outside Amsterdam. What exactly is goat yoga? Take your basic yoga practice and add a gaggle of baby goats who stumble, bumble and jump about — and sometimes, on you — while you’re stretching.

“But why?” you may be currently asking yourself. The idea was born after a mother attending a children’s birthday party at Lainey Morse’s No Regrets Farm in Albany, Oregon, asked if she could host a yoga class there. Morse’s goats joined the party and it was an immediate hit.

It turns out goats are very social creatures and according to Morse, interacting with animals has many health benefits for humans, like improving your mood and keeping stress levels down. While the goats might not be much for focus (most tend to run off as the class goes on), they do enjoy a good time, hopping on patron’s backs during planks, rolling around on mats during downward dogs and attempting to steal mats from yogis during tree pose.

Image courtesy of Lainey Morse, founder of Goat Yoga.

The only two locations to practice goat yoga are at Morse’s farm in Albany, Oregon, and the one mentioned above that’s in the Amsterdam area. Until you get a chance to visit one of them in person, the video below will give you an idea of what the “Goat Yoga” experience is like:

H/T: The Independent

Featured image courtesy of Yogalesje.nl’s Facebook page.

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