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The Story of the Original Goat Yoga ™

Original Goat Yoga TM wasn’t anticipated.  There were no business plans or focus groups to point the way.  However, its core existed in the form of a nightly farm walk that visitors came to know as “Goat Happy Hour ®.”  Those walks led Lainey Morse to understand that she was essentially ‘farming happiness’ by delivering animal therapy  in the form of attention seeking goats and rural vistas.  Nonetheless, she was a long way from the lightening bolt moment that became goat yoga.

Mission Statement

The Original Goat Yoga Mission is to farm happiness by providing; 1. A joyful experience that improves mental and physical health though the healing powers of nature and animals. 2. The economic development of rural households and family farms throughout the world through agritourism.

The First Class

The first sign that the forecast might change came at the suggestion of local yoga instructor Heather Davis. Her request to hold a yoga class on Lainey’s farm became the world’s first goat yoga event one lazy summer day in August of 2016. Not anticipating what would become, Lainey sent pictures from that event to Modern Farmer magazine with the thought that it might make for fun dinner conversation if they were printed; That was an understatement!

Original Goat Yoga ™ Goes Viral

It turns out that being struck by lightening sounds like a phone ringing off-the-hook with worldwide interview requests. Flash forward to today and Original Goat Yoga has become a support service for tens of farms nationwide, a placement service for employee health and wellness events, a source of joy for ten’s of thousands of attendees, and a financial backstop for farms and rural households nationwide. Essentially, Original Goat Yoga now exists to spread a movement based on the unexpected, but very real joy that goat yoga brings.

What Happens in a Class?

So what exactly happens at a goat yoga event or class? Well, the fact that Lainey felt she was ‘farming happiness’ pretty much hit the mark. Imagine an event where you can’t help but find yourself laughing along with total strangers. Imagine attempting a yoga pose for the first time, or the 100th, and finding yourself contouring your body around a goat that claimed your mat. Imagine looking into the eyes of an animal that is part dog in its interest in people, and part cat in its demands that you take interest in them on their terms. Now package that experience in wonderful barns, farm fields, or sometimes even in urban oases, and you have goat yoga.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done yoga. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know a pig from a goat. What matters is that you come prepared for a wholly unique and joyful experience (and this goes for the biggest and burliest of men…the tougher they are, the harder they fall for that goat that picked their mat to lie on).

Of note, goat fur is hypoallergenic so allergy sufferers really only need to be concerned about pollen from surrounding farms and green spaces. Occasionally, a goat may poop on a mat; However, they are consistency of pebbles and easy to clean. Very rarely, a goat may pee near you, but VERY infrequently do they do that on someone.

What is the Difference Between Locations?

On this website you will see locations that have the “Original Goat Yoga” seal of approval. Those sites have been vetted as providing appropriate veterinary care, a focus on a calm and happy event environment, and an attestation that their goats are at their forever home and that the location abides by certain ethical business practices.

You will also see locations on the website that are categorized as “Affiliates.” These locations list their classes with the platform to make it easier for customers to do one-stop shopping. Original Goat Yoga reserves the right to de-list them for unethical business practices, but they have not been vetted to the same degree as ‘Originals.’

Finally, you will also see “Unaffiliated” locations. These locations were identified as holding classes, but the classes are not listed on the Original Goat Yoga website. They also have not been evaluated for their business practices. Nonetheless, these locations and their website links (when we know them) are provided for customer convenience.

If you are thinking of holding your own goat yoga events but you need some information on how to proceed, what your location might earn, and how to deliver an awesome customer experience, please feel free to reach out to us at info@goatyoga.net.

About Lainey Morse

What do you do when you’ve just been diagnosed with an incurable autoimmune disease, you are going through a divorce, and your job of ten years is winding down? Do you throw caution to the wind and start something the world has never known, or do you play it safe?

Playing it safe was not an option for Lainey Morse. Instead, she drew inspiration from the happy distractions provided by six adorable goats and in 2016, Original Goat Yoga was born!

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Satellite Location Opportunities

Are you interested in becoming an Original Goat Yoga™ Satellite Location? Goat Yoga spanned the globe in 2016 and was touted as the best yoga class of all time! We’re excited to branch out nationally and internationally to bring the Original Goat Yoga™ brand to the World where we farm happiness!  We know what it takes to establish a successful goat yoga location and we’ve made this an easy to adopt business model. I’m very excited to help you succeed in building your very own Goat Yoga business.

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"The class was amazing. Lainey is clearly very passionate about what she does. The goats were all amazing! They’d climb on us, under us and around us. I left smiling for the rest of the day."

- Isabella

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