Goat yoga, a new workout trend, has officially come to Austin

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Goat yoga, a new workout trend, has officially come to Austin

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Austin American-Statesman
Forget downward dog: Austin's newest yoga class is all about baby goats.

If regular old vinyasa yoga can leave you feeling whole and centered, then a yoga session with cute barnyard animals — namely, adorable baby Nigerian Dwarf goats must feel downright miraculous.

No wonder it’s become an actual thing. Goat yoga, in which people exercise while goats roam among the mats, has popped up in places like Oregon, where a goat yoga-hosting farm offers classes with 1,200-person-strong waiting lists. It came to Dallas this summer. And now our very own Austin has such classes, too.

Rachael Phillips and her boyfriend, Trey Kitchen, created their goat yoga business, Goga, over Labor Day weekend with the help of his mom, a goat breeder, according to KVUE. The first class, held yesterday, sold out in 30 minutes.

It looks to have been a total success thanks to those baby Nigerian dwarf goats, which were dressed in costumes with diapers on. (KVUE’s story has a video of it, but beware the cuteness overload.) Participants not only got to pet the baby goats — the little guys were also balanced atop their backs. The goats bleated, curled up on mats, and were all-around adorable.

Goga’s first class was a benefit for Hurricane Harvey relief, raising more than $1,000, according to KVUE. If you missed it, don’t worry: Phillips and Kitchen plan to have many more and are calling for yoga instructors to teach traditional vinyasa or hatha yoga classes.

“Nothing brings inner peace quite like yoga with kisses from the cutest baby goats you've ever seen!” Goga’s Facebook page trumpets.

Truer words were never spoken. For more information — including whether the goats will eat your hair, because that’s apparently a real concern — visit Goga’s FAQs page. Goga also recommends liking their Facebook page, at facebook.com/GogaGoatYoga, so that you can keep track of when the next class will be.

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