National Goat Yoga Month is celebrated in the month of February. Diverse groups of goat-loving yogis will be gathering this month to commemorate the modest origins of the practice of merging goats with exercise. This ever-expanding fitness fad will only continue to develop. Regular yoga is performed in the same manner as goat yoga, with the exception that goats are involved! Some postures require the goats to sit on your back; others require them to just roam about and add more fun to the activity. During some lessons, you can even take short breaks to pet and show love to the young goats.
History of National Goat Yoga Month
April Gould and Sarah Williams started the original Goat Yoga. Goat Yoga began planting seeds in February of 2015 on a little farm in Gilbert Arizona. Gould was training for a fitness television show, American Ninja Warrior. During her audition process, she was inspired to place a baby goat on her back and do pushups and various yoga poses for added weight, strength, and balance. She was featured and dubbed as the “Goat Whisperer” on the television show for her unique workout style, and using her goats as “training partners.” Coincidentally, her long time friend Williams owned her own paddleboard yoga business and was wanting to teach something different during the cooler months. Knowing Gould was already famous for working out with her goats, suggested they put the two together and start GOAT YOGA!
In the beginning, it was met with some raised eyebrows, but they believed in themselves and kept thinking of unique ways to keep it going. Gould’s background is in the circus and flying trapeze, so they started dressing her goats in cute tutus and teaching people to do simple acrobatic partner yoga and pyramids while putting goats on their backs. Whether you are there for the yoga and wanting goats to assist you in strength and balance, or whether you are there for the therapeutic benefits of relaxing with baby goats, Goat Yoga is fun for everyone of every age and ability.
National Goat Yoga Month timeline
At this point, a definition of yoga emerges and it’s described as the restriction of the senses, and many of its activities are also outlined.
The Bhagavad-Gita, one of the most fundamental yoga texts, describes the original principles of yoga, incorporating six of the current eight sutras.
Swami Vivekenanda attends the Parliament of Religions hosted in Chicago, carrying yogic ideas with him.
Goat yoga begins on a farm in Gilbert, Arizona.
National Goat Yoga Month FAQs
What is yoga with goats?
Goat yoga is a kind of group yoga session that includes live young goats that are led by their trainers to engage with people in certain positions.
Do goats poop on you during goat yoga?
Goats have little pellets and will poop on your mat from time to time. Shaking your mat is all that’s required. It’s not messy. It doesn’t happen very frequently, but it does occur.
Is goat yoga safe?
You can’t catch any illness from goats, although our human viruses may be passed on to them, so wash your hands before handling them
National Goat Yoga Month Activities
Attend a goat yoga session
You can observe this month by trying out goat yoga. It may be something new for you so give it a go.
Read about goat yoga
Celebrate National Goat Yoga Month by researching the internet to understand the practice. Understanding what the day is about will give you more appreciation of the activities.
Post on social media
You can also celebrate National Goat Yoga Month by sharing messages and photos in social media. Use the hashtags #GoatYoga, #CaprineVinyasa and #NationalGoatYogaMonth.
5 Facts About Yoga
Yoga has a long history
Yoga is one of the world's oldest known physical practices, dating back over 5,000 years ago.
Yoga is widely practiced
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that is practiced by an approximately 300 million people worldwide today.
Yoga slows the aging process
Studies have shown that Yoga, together with meditation, helps slow the aging process.
Yoga was once a male-only activity
Yoga is heavily dominated by women in the West today but it was once a male-only discipline until 1937.
Yoga techniques vary
Yoga today has over a hundred diverse types, including goat yoga, naked yoga, and ‘broga’ which is yoga for bros.
Why We Love National Goat Yoga Month
When you go to a Goat Yoga class, you have to let go of your tension. As the tension leaves your body, stress also goes away which is great for your health.
It is amusing
The goats can perch on your back while you do yoga in particular positions. They could also just walk about and bring additional appeal and enjoyment.
Goats like interacting with humans
Baby goats are at ease approaching others and are natural comedians. This makes goats the perfect companions for doing yoga.
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