What could possibly make goat yoga any better, you ask? A soundtrack of heavy metal music, obviously.
Lucky for us, Jester King Brewery is offering a “doom metal” goat yoga class at 11 a.m. Saturdays throughout March.
“Doom Metal Yoga is a bit hard to explain, like if you don’t know, then you don’t know,” says Peppy Meyer, a sustainability expert at Jester who raised the goats used in the classes. (He’s also been known to sleep in a barn with his beloved animals.) “But simply the droney undercarriage of the music whisks you away to the distant heavens. Even for those who don’t enjoy metal, we ask that you experience with an open mind, as the chunder carries your body into a meditative state. Also, goats love metal, and it’s ultimately their decision.”
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During the hour-long sessions, a small herd of Nigerian dwarf goats mingles with patrons as they practice yoga led by Betty Benedeadly. Trust us when we tell you that nothing compares to a month-old, softly bleating baby goat with hooves the size of peanut butter cups climbing on your back while you’re nailing the perfect downward dog.
Tickets are $15 plus processing fees and must be purchased online in advance. Sign up for the sessions here.
Jester King Brewery is located at 13187 Fitzhugh Road. Participants should bring their own yoga mat and water, and meet at the brewery at 10:30 a.m. They’ll be transported to the nearby farm, where they’ll be surrounded with baby goats and pummeled from beyond with the sludgiest of riffs.
That’s not the only place to get your goat yoga fix, although it might just be the most unique.
The Ball Farm, a 52-acre ranch and event venue just southeast of Austin, recently announced that it is also launching goat yoga classes.
The first session is set for Saturday, April 7. The hour-long, beginner and kid-friendly Vinyasa classes are led by an experienced instructor and scheduled for 11 a.m.-noon and 12:30-1:30 p.m. Expect the baby goats to “encourage you through your workout,” according to a press release. Bring your own mat, yoga clothes and water.
The farm is located at 119 Redbird Lane in Dale. Cost is $25. For more information or to register, go here. For more information call 512-546-3438.
Goga Goat Yoga, which we’ve written about in the past, is still offering baby goat yoga on the rooftop of a garage in downtown Austin. Classes take place at Lamar Union, 1100 South Lamar Boulevard. Cost is $30 and hour-long sessions take place all day, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For more information, go here or check out the Goga Goat Yoga Facebook page here.
And that’s not all!
Daybreaker, which offers early morning dance parties to get your day in the groove, is teaming with Manitoba Harvest and Google Fiber to offer a free goat yoga and dance party to wrap up the South by Southwest Festival starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the Google Fiber Space, 201 Colorado Street. Expect DJs, musicians, Irish dancers, performance artists, body painting, goats and breakfast bites by Manitoba Harvest.
To register, go here.