Thursday, 12 January 2017

GOAT YOGA



It has been a painfully long time since I have blogged, and for that, my sincere apologies. But I aim to be more ‘delighted and disturbed’ this year… wait, I stand corrected; I don’t think it’s possible to be more ‘disturbed’ than I was in 2016, nor is it medically wise.  So let’s kick off 2017 with something delightful, shall we.

Goat Yoga.

Yes, you heard me. Bet you never thought you’d hear those two words together in a sentence. Leave it to the good ol’ Pacific Northwest of the United States to introduce this new trend (although I'm surprised Californians didn't think of this first). Apparently yoga ala goat has become so popular that there is a 1200 person strong waiting list. 

Now, I admittedly burst out laughing when I first read the article and saw the photos. Maybe it's my OCD or fear of goat shit on my back, but having a goat crawl on me wasn't on my list of wants. Then again, deep inside this liberal minded Californian is indeed a cynic battling with what the world serves up, and looking at photos of people in downward dog position with goats on their backs, well, it was hard to keep a straight face.  But, I was certainly open to hearing the positives of letting farmyard animals help me in my triangle pose.

Lainey Morse of Albany, Oregon stumbled across the concept kind of by accident.  She owns a farm, something she had aspired to do for many years, and her aim was to have a gaggle of goats to keep her company. (I guess she found having cats was a bit passé). When a visitor to her farm suggested the scenic backdrop would be a great place to do yoga (honestly, I’ve done yoga for years, but I can’t say I’ve ever thought, farm, manure piles, and flies and yoga made a good match, but hey, perhaps I’ not as open-minded as I thought) Lainey jumped at the chance. But on one condition, her goats would have free rein of the place and could join in on the fun.

And goat yoga was born! 

The farm, appropriately called ‘No Regrets’ hosts these classes to young and old, and anyone seeking a little cuddle from a goat. She calls it a ‘happy distraction’ and says that yoga and nature are a wonderful combination. Which I couldn’t agree more...(it's just the goat thing I'm still struggling with).  “It may sound silly, says Lainey, but goat yoga is really helping people.” Especially, according to Lainey, those with illnesses, anxiety and depression. She learned from personal experience when recovering from her own illness, that time spent with goats, made things a whole lot easier. “It’s hard to be sad and depressed when there is a baby goat jumping on you.”

Well, clearly there is the answer I’ve been missing in 2016. Honey, next time Trump is on TV, fetch me my goat damn it. I need a cuddle!!

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