The Yoga Class You Didn't Know You Needed
It was 6 p.m. on a Friday night in Nashville. I was anxiously sitting in the car with my parents, with no clue where I was headed.
All week my mom had been planning a secret outing for my family, but refused to tell us where we were going.
Finally, on the car ride there, she broke the silence and made the big reveal.
We were going to Goat Yoga.
Yes, you read that right. Goat. Yoga.
My dad and I weren’t thrilled, but at this point it was too late to do anything about it.
There were so many questions. What even is goat yoga?
Well, the class consisted of about twenty participants, the yoga instructor, ten goats and two workers there to watch after the goats. The instructor teaches like it’s just your average yoga class, but the goats roam free and will happily climb on whomever they please.
At the start, everyone is given some brush to feed the goats. Picture a petting zoo, but everyone is also carefully sculpted into their best "downward dog."
If you're scared of getting a little dirty, goat yoga might not be for you. But if you love yoga and friendly animals, you’ll enjoy the added excitement.
Despite the minor interruptions, it was a great session — the added 25 lbs from a goat climbing onto my back really helped me push myself to stretch a little harder.
So far, no one has started a goat yoga class in Auburn, but we'll keep our fingers crossed!
Not up for it? No worries!
We offer plenty of yoga classes here at The Rec… No goats allowed.
Be well, Auburn.
Photography: Chaney K. and