What is Goat Yoga? What started as a class on my Oregon farm by a twist of fate has now spanned the Globe with classes springing up Nationwide and Internationally. Goat Yoga is the new form of Animal-Assisted therapy. The name may sound silly but it's no different than taking your dog for a walk. You're getting out in nature, bonding with an animal and getting exercise. Same concept, just different! It's not healing diseases but its providing a much-needed distraction from day to day stress, sickness or depression and focusing on positive and happy vibes. It's so simple but yet so special. If you're tired of seeing all the negativity in the World, Goat Yoga offers adorable, friendly and loving goats that wander around the class just hoping to get snuggled by a human.
At our Goat Yoga class, we often get asked if we train our goats to participate. Our goats do what they want. Each class is different. They might jump on you, they might not. Most often they'll just lay down on your mat and want to snuggle up next to you. We believe that the class should have an organic flow. We want to focus on goats just being normal goats and not circus animals dressed up in costumes. Goat Yoga started as a simple and natural class in my field where the humans were in the Goat's World. We want to maintain that feel even if the classes are not at my farm any longer. These goats have the best job in the World and they are my babies. Most of them are rescues so I want to make sure they lead the best lives possible. Keeping the class as natural and organic as possible makes them happy goats.
Goat Yoga offers classes in Corvallis at the historic and beautiful Hanson Country Inn during the week. On the weekends, we head out to Emerson Vineyards in Monmouth for Goat Yoga & Wine Tasting in the vineyard. This event offers 360 degree views of the Coastal Mountains and the Willamette Valley. This is a one of a kind experience you won't find anywhere else in the World. It's been touted by the media as one of the Top Ten Most Amazing Things in the World and necessary for any bucket list. If you like goats, yoga and award-winning wine, you should book your ticket today!
Ansel is the Mother to Annie and my original goat. She's the herd Queen and doesn't let any of them get away with anything. Her main focus is eating and getting attention from anyone who will offer it.
Adams is the brother to Ansel and my other original goat. He is a ladies goat for sure. He's regal and suave and all the Goat Yogi's fall in love with him rather quickly. He's my introvert that needs a lot of attention but only when he wants it. Be prepared to melt with this guy.
I never wanted a full size goat but Dodger was headed for someone's freezer so now he lives with me. He almost died when he was born and we're not convinced he's all there but he is the sweetest guy. He's ended up being a crowd favorite because of his sweet disposition. He's a huge cat lover and a great big brother to Annie.
These guys are twins and inseparable. They chew their cud in unison, they sleep together, they eat together AND they both are very affectionate. Sometimes TOO affectionate. Preston is the extrovert and Quincy is the introvert and together they will smother you with their love.
This is the only baby goat that was born at my farm. She really is the one that helped me through so many hard times. She is my super star and my logo! Annie seems to be everyone's favorite and no matter how big she grows she still seems like everyone's baby. She is feisty and won't back down from any of her older brothers. She is also a huge diva and requires nightly lap time and snuggling.
These little guys almost didn't make it! They were both very sick when I got them and had to be bottle fed. They are boer rescue goats and both very sweet. They'll be big boys like Dodger someday. Their beautiful pattern is called dappled which makes them look like a work of art. They are going to melt the ladies hearts like no other.
Heather Davis leads a breath-focused, playful class inspired by her love of animals. Her quick smile and genuine presence encourages students to honor themselves exactly as they are. Her friends describe her as grounded, calm, authentic and empowering.
Trained and certified in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, Heather teaches from the heart. Her classes are intuitively sequenced and designed to be accessible for all.
For Heather, yoga is a way to awaken joy and compassion. She is beyond grateful and abundantly blessed to share yoga with you! Heather is also the one that inspired the idea of Goat Yoga.
When not teaching, you can usually find her at home in the country with her husband, 3 kids,crazy dog, 2 cats and 8 chickens.
Lainey Morse is originally from Michigan but has lived in Oregon for the past 10 years where she has worked in marketing and freelance photography. She now works full time on developing her new found businesses Goat Yoga and Your Daily Goat to make goat dreams come true for everyone.