It’s Goat Yoga Time!
Goat Yoga arrived at Mad Lavender Farm in June 2016 when a yoga teacher friend shared a video of goats jumping up on people doing yoga. It looked like so much fun. She informed us that this was a “thing” and that it was called Goat Yoga. We had five Dwarf Nigerian goats on the farm, so our friend offered to teach it and so we started offering goat yoga sessions. It took off right away.
This will be our sixth season of Goat Yoga and we have learned a few things:
Yoga Goats are different than farm goats.
Goats are really only friendly when they are raised by hand. A typical farm goat is actually shy of humans. The more goats are handled at a young age, the friendlier they become. Yoga goats are super friendly because they spend so many hours interacting with people during goat yoga.
They even develop different personalities, ranging from silly to serene. During a goat yoga session, they may ask to be petted, eat out of your hand, leap onto your back, sit in your lap or play with each other.
Goat Yoga teachers are a very special breed.
Goat Yoga teachers must have a big call to adventure, an unflappable inner calm, a love of goats (naturally) and a sense of mischief to match. Folks of all ages and levels of yoga experience do goat yoga and goat yoga teachers need to be responsive to all their needs. It also takes a big dose of creativity to run a goat yoga session because goats are unpredictable and they don’t always follow the “lesson plan.”
Why Goat Yoga?
People sign up for goat yoga out of curiosity at first. They keep coming back for the love of the goats. I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked, “why goat yoga?” I try to explain how goats lift the spirits, how they take you out of the mundane and into an adventure, but it really is something that needs to be experienced to be understood. We have hosted Goat Yoga bachelorette parties, birthday parties, and even octogenarian parties. It is so gratifying to witness the pure pleasure I see on the faces of people enjoying a yoga session on a beautiful summer day with goats.
Mad Lavender Farm is a family farm owned by Adrienne Crombie and Don Dalen, and located at 452 County Rd. 579 in Milford. For more information on all the farm offers, call 908-310-5973, email [email protected] and visit MadLavenderFarm.com. See ad, page 10.