What is Goat Yoga? It is different things for different people. I’ve heard it described as “calm”, "therapy", “zen", and just plain “happiness.” However, there is one recurrent description…”unexpected.” Unexpected certainly describes my path to Goat Yoga. What started as a birthday party on a summer day in 2016 quickly grew into a global sensation with classes springing up worldwide. I would certainly like to take credit for the phenomena, but the truth is it is occurring for one reason...Goat Yoga is Animal-Assisted Therapy in a natural setting with an unexpectedly (there’s that word again) smart, social, and profoundly cuddly animal. It’s not a cancer cure, but it IS an unbelievable distraction from politics, work, stress, sickness or depression.
Do you train your goats to participate in Goat Yoga classes? We don’t…we believe in letting goats be goats, and doing (within reason) what they want. They might jump on your back, stare into your soul, burp in your ear, or give goat hugs (trust me, it’s a thing). Most often they'll just lay down on your yoga mat and snuggle up next to you...juuuuust as you perfect your pose. These goats are my babies, and most are rescues, so I strive to ensure they lead the best lives possible while sharing that sense of calm that makes them so special. Dressing them in costumes or coercing them to do things they aren’t inclined to do is more about people pulling the goats into their world for amusement than people experiencing the goat in theirs.
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, and 360 degree views of the Coast Range/Willamette Valley. Each offers one-of-a-kind experiences 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, what are you waiting for? Schedule your class 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.