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Goat Yoga

An Unexpected Turn

The first time I heard about goat yoga, I laughed; I thought it was a joke. That was until I decided to find out more about it. Interestingly, even the founder of goat yoga did not expect that the practice would become such a hit. She only started it as a way to practice yoga and spend time at her farm.

Morse, a 44-year-old marketing professional, did not really set out to start a goat yoga class. In fact, the story about her goats and the farm came out when she sent some photos to a farming magazine. The idea about yoga at her farm was suggested to her by another yoga teacher who had attended a birthday party at the farm. After the first class, the story quickly spread and soon more than 500 people were on the waiting list wanting to be booked for the next class.

What Is So Special About Goat Yoga?

There is nothing special really. According to Morse, doing yoga while goats are playing around is the therapeutic aspect of this type of yoga. She found the idea practical after she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome. Sjogren’s is a condition that causes extreme fatigue and affects the lungs and brain.

Spending her time at the farm and doing yoga around the goats proved very beneficial for her. It was then that she decided to incorporate others into this experience. Now, many people think that this is truly an innovative idea. Most of the people who have enrolled for the class are those with various health conditions. It is easy to feel happy and at ease when goats and their young ones are playing around you in an open farm.

The people who fancy Morse’s goat yoga class include those suffering from cancer, disabilities, depression, and even veterans. Seeing the playful goats and experiencing nature in a farm setting is really the core of goat yoga. According to one client, “It’s more of an experience than it is a class.”

Class Design

When people hear about Goat Yoga, they think it’s silly. However, the yoga part of this class is a real yoga class. It is a Vinyasa-style class where students engage in all the poses commonly included in Vinyasa. The class is three hours long, known as the ‘goat happy hour’. This is where attendants get time to play with the goats and take selfies with them.

The best time to hold the classes is during summer and spring according to the founder. However, since the demand for the class has grown tremendously, she is considering building a barn that is customized for goat yoga. Her future plans include having goat yoga retreats for people with special needs or having various illnesses. $30 for a class of yoga, who ever thought that we would come to see a type of yoga known as Goat Yoga? Truly interesting.



Finding Inner Peace in a World of Chaos

The kids are screaming something about a missing sock, the oven is smoking, and the school bus is rolling past the house… Has your Monday morning ever looked like this?

If you can relate, now imagine a world where the whirl of commotion cannot penetrate the stillness inside of you. What would a world of inner peace look like? While we probably can’t picture a state of being where we are constantly at one with ourselves, it is possible to find a place of deeper understanding where both our shortcomings and our gifting are present.

So how do we move forward toward a place of self-acceptance and inner peace? Especially in this world where the only constant thing is the turbulence? Here we’ve compiled four steps you can make towards more patience and more peace.

Understand Your Goals

What are you really looking for? What does the Ideal You look like? What do you value? How are your daily activities lining up with your values? These are just a few of the questions we should ask ourselves throughout our journey toward peace. Each step we make toward bettering ourselves should be recorded and celebrated. Each step we make backward should be inspected, learned from, and put behind us. The more time we take for mental and spiritual self-inspection, the less time we will take questioning ourselves and doubting our core beliefs.

Be Active in Your Pursuits

The worst thing we can do is remain complacent. There is always room for improvement in our yoga practices, our careers, our families, and our thoughts. Of course, this does not mean that we should eliminate time for stillness – in fact, quite the opposite. Being active and moving forward is not the same as being busy. We can make progress internally without physically moving at all. Meditation, self-centering activities, and yoga practices are all ways we can do this.

Make Time in the Day

Each day only has 24 hours – there is nothing we can change about this. However, we do have control over how we spend those hours. Devoting more time to further live out your values will improve not only your well-being but also the well-being of those around you.

Focus on Deepening Relationships

One of my favorite writers, Anne Lamott, wrote this in one of her books: “Never compare your insides to everyone else’s outsides.” I think this quote encapsulates the human experience of constant comparison to those around us, which inevitably leads to a lack of joy and peace. The more we focus on deepening our relationships and uncovering the strengths and weaknesses of our friends, the more we will discover those things within ourselves and learn not to judge what we see.

We are all works in progress – none of us will ever be completely whole during our time on this earth. This means that we must be ever focused on our goals of finding peace, remaining alert and open to change, and determined to deepen relationships. May we ever be individuals who love wholly and are continuing to learn ourselves by heart.