Yes, you read that title correctly 🙂 This Sunday I did Goat Yoga with Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga at Just Kidding Acres. Here’s what I learned:
It is EXTREMELY hard to focus on breathing, foot position or chakras with baby goats around.
I am a yoga fan but would not consider myself a ‘yogi’. I like to incorporate some yoga movements into my workouts for stretching and recovery. I like to attend yoga class (usually HOT) when I can, which is not nearly enough. I’m hoping to get into a routine again soon, as I will need it when I’m ramping up my mileage this fall.
I was invited to Goat Yoga by my amazing friend Sarah. Sarah has had a long journey of health and recovery and back again several times over. She’s someone that you’re constantly impressed by the things she’s done and overcome and came out the other side unscathed. (#mostly) She helps me take life not so seriously and most importantly we laugh. A LOT. So when we were “OHMMMMMMing” and the baby goats are mewing, I can’t handle myself. 🙂
Before class, we laughed. During class, we laughed. After class, we laughed. If I were going for a super killer yoga class, I would have been HIGHLY disappointed. But this wasn’t regular yoga, it was goat yoga. The whole concept was as ridiculous as it seems. You’re doing downward dog and suddenly a goat is chewing on your hair. You’re doing tree pose while a goat is peeing next to you. Some people were even doing yoga ON goats who refused to move and snuggled up on your mat.
Here’s what I learned from the experience: Sometimes, it’s all about the experience. Sometimes you just need to giggle and not take yourself so seriously. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the day to day and trudge along. Take time to be silly. I feel better going in to this week than I have in a long time and part of the reason is Goat Yoga. You can’t take yourself too seriously at Goat Yoga. It’s impossible.
I highly recommend Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga not for the yoga, but for the goats. If you live in the area, get yourself a ticket! The classes will and do sell out.