It’s really hard to hold a tree pose with something rubbing up against you. Or take a shavasana with the sounds of farm animals in the background.
But it’s also pretty fun.
That’s the beauty behind one of O’Keefe Ranch’s most popular events. Yoga with Goats offers a unique experience of finding some peace and getting some stretches in, while penned in with goats.
“It’s really random,” instructor Samantha Richardson said.
She is used to the goats laying on her mat, trying to chew her bracelets and necklace and even licking her feet.
They also love the attention that many of the yogis give when they are more interested in the animals than the yoga.
“They crawled on someone’s back when they were doing child pose,” Richardson laughed. “I’m just glad they don’t headbutt anybody.”
Richardson has been teaching the yoga practice for three years at the ranch, and continues to do so every other Wednesday and Saturday morning until Aug. 28 at 9 a.m.
The one-hour sessions are outdoors in the company of the goats, each with their own personality. Whether they are looking for some extra scratches, making you laugh or taking a nap on your mat, they are full of surprises.
To book a spot at the next session June 30 or any future dates, visit ticketseller.ca.