KELOWNA - From a hot room, to a vineyard, to a stand up paddleboard on a lake, you can do yoga pretty much anywhere, and now you can do it with goats.
Hoof Prints Barnyard is now hosting Goga, a one hour yoga class where goats partake in the action.
“It is an hour of instructed yoga, you just might have a goat on your back, or stomach or mat,” owner of Hoof Prints Barnyard, Kristen Fritz says. “Some people allow the goats to stay and just hold their position, it definitely trains your ability to focus.”
Fritz first jokingly brought up the idea of incorporating her goats with yoga, but when she heard someone started it in the U.S. last summer, she decided she would give it a shot.
“I know that Kelowna has a huge population of people that partake in yoga, and a large population who enjoy goats, so why not put them together?”
The ethical petting zoo held its first Goga class on Family Day in Feburary and was completely sold out.
“It was the dead of winter and we had full capacity in our barn,” she says.
Each class has a maximum of 28 people, and six to eight goats, that way each row of people in the class have a goat they can interact with. Each goat wears a diaper or a onzie, as they are constantly dropping pellets, Fritz says.
The goats range from around five to 20 pounds and are a variety of breeds. Additionally, a four-week-old lamb will be joining in on the class this Sunday, April 9.
“The goats love it,” Fritz says. “They love cuddling and playing and spending time with people - they kind of think they’re human themselves.”
In this age of technology, she says people are more likely to disconnect from nature and their surroundings.
“This is more than just a yoga class where you do your class and go home, it’s an outing.”
In order to participate in a Goga class, pre-registration is required. The class is $20 for an adult, and $10 for kids aged 6 to 15. Complimentary beverages and access to the petting zoo are available after the class. Hoof Prints Barnyard is located at 5850 Anderson Rd. in Kelowna.
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