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Fans of 'goat yoga' move to a different bleat

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 02:28

Fancy a little goat with your downward dog? A farm in Virgina hops on to a growing trend across the United States and offers yoga classes with goats. Pavithra George reports

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ATTN EDITORS: Resending wih corrected spelling of farm owner's name from "March" to "Marsh". Apologies for the error. The ancient discipline of yoga, a practice designed to promote mental, physical and spiritual health.... although on a farm in Nokesville, Virginia, they're adding a new twist. /INSERT SOUNDS OF GOATS BLEATING/ It's yoga with goats....a new and growing trend in the United States. NATS First started in Oregon, this unorthodox spin on the mind-body practice encourages yoga practitioners to interact with domesticated goats. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BETH WOLFE, YOGA INSTRUCTOR, SAYING: "One of the energies that we cultivate in yoga is joy and laughter and it's really not as emphasized in our culture because we tend to focus on the physical aspect of it so being with other people, being in community, being with animals, breathing, being present, laughing---that's all yoga." If you think maintaining a yoga pose is hard, try doing it in the company of a goat.. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOANNA DOUTI, YOGA PRACTITIONER, SAYING: "I was hoping one of them wouldn't relieve themselves on me." But for many here, the yoga practice was secondary. Instead they came to ... (SOUNDBITE) (English) JERI GELB, YOGA PRACTITIONER, SAYING Um, to grope and fondle a lot of animals, probably (laughter). Most accurate. The yoga was great but I can't say I had any focus on it." (SOUNDBITE) (English) JULIE GELB, PRACTITIONER, SAYING: "Would I do it again? Oh, absolutely. I mean, I never work out and this makes working out a whole lot more fun." Owner Susanne Marsh says she opened the farm to visitors after learning of the benefits of animal therapy. Goats are also used to calm race horses and she says their calming influence can extend to human beings as well. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SUSANNE MARSH, OWNER, LITTLE GOAT FARM AT THE LAKE, SAYING: "Goats - they don't bite, they don't scratch. They are very, very friendly and loving and it's an opportunity for people who've never been livestock to have that opportunity to be at a farm and certainly around goats and alpacas, chickens, more friendly livestock." With around 200 attendees it was only her second class, but there may be more... for those who are serious about their downward dog, or just looking for a little facetime with new found friends.

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Fans of 'goat yoga' move to a different bleat

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 02:28