Hello everyone, it is Thanksgiving week! I am completely baffled that it is already November 20th…with law school finals just around the corner the month has been a bit chaotic. Since I am back in school this year, I am looking forward to a four day weekend for Thanksgiving break, though if I’m as on top of it as I should be I’ll spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday studying like crazy for finals.
This past Saturday I checked a fun item off of my 101 in 1001 list. My Mom and I visited The Wobbly Ranch for a “Goat Yoga” session. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had the best time. My Mom and I were cracking up all through the yoga class as the goats trampled on our mats and even butted heads. As an added bonus the instructor was not easy on us just because we were in a barn, so we totally felt the workout come Sunday morning.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect with “goat yoga” but I knew I had to try it out. Unlike a traditional, metropolitan yoga studio, the class was held in a barn. Yoga mats were laid among hay and wood clippings and the goats wandered around freely eating treat pellets off the floor. While I would normally go barefoot in a yoga class, most of the class opted to keep on their shoes. Goat hooves don’t feel the best on bare-feet. The instructor guided us through the hour long course as the goats hopped around by our sides. Occasionally a goat would wander onto my mat, prohibiting me from fully embracing a yoga pose, but I didn’t sign up for the class anticipating an intense workout, but rather a new experience. Towards the end of the class a goat peed on my mat, so I had to flip it over and improvise a bit. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this yoga class for neat freaks, but I kept reminding myself how over sanitized everything is in America, told myself my immune system would be better for it and pushed through my sun salutations (:
All of the goats at The Wobbly Ranch were rescued in some capacity or another. After our one hour yoga session, we spent about 30 minutes the owner of the ranch. When Amanda, the owner, walked into the barn all of the goats ran towards her wagging their tails, you could tell the goats really loved her. So adorable! Amanda shared each of the goats’ rescue stories. Some of the goats were born in slaughter houses, others were rescued from dairies, one was rescued from abusive breeding conditions and some had medical conditions that would have caused most farmers to put them down. It was heart warming to hear about all of the love the goats get at The Wobbly Ranch. I didn’t realize the ranch was a rescue when I signed up for the class, but I was so happy when I learned our class was helping give each sweet little goat a second chance at life.
Of course, we had to snuggle the goats too!
I am so happy my Mom wanted to join me for goat yoga. I definitely want to go back for another downward facing goat session in the future. If you haven’t tried goat yoga, be sure to look into it-there just might be a goat-yoga farm in your area. If you live in/near the Seattle area, I highly recommend The Wobbly Ranch (located in Snohomish), it’s a great mother-daughter activity or fun to grab a few girlfriends for a unique experience.