It was only a matter of time before the goat yoga trend made its way to Austin. After all, we’re all about keeping things weird, and some might say working out with goats is a bit out of the ordinary. The first class sold out in nearly 30 minutes over Labor Day weekend to zen out with those loveable little weirdos, and Austin needed more. So, it’s safe to say goat yoga is here to (nama)stay.
Yes, we mean real goats
If you’re not familiar with the goat yoga trend, you’re in for a real treat. GOGA is a 45-minute Vinyasa yoga session with baby Nigerian dwarf goats involved. These adorable animals act as your workout buddies for the entire session, and it’s kind of amazing.
You might be asking yourself, what do goats have to do with yoga? Well, the idea is that these adorable animals are meant to bring back the relaxing, care-free aspect of yoga. Spending time with animals is proven to reduce stress. And, the focus on goats makes it less intimidating for new yogis to get into the sport. It’s playful, it’s fun, and it’s darn cute.
The GOGA Way
We owe our thanks to Rachael Phillips and her boyfriend, Trey Kitchen, for introducing GOGA to the Austin community. The couple worked with Trey’s goat-breeding mom to set up the first class, importantly, with all proceeds going to Hurricane Harvey. Goat yoga + ATX was clearly a match made in hay-ven, and the rest is history.
Each class is about 45 minutes long, and they’re beginner-focused. Throughout the class, you’re encouraged to pet, play, and interact with the goats. We’ve even seen some of the goats balance on backs throughout poses. The best part is that the goats are dressed up, and some even have diapers on! Can you say, cuteness overload?
Classes fill up fast, so make sure to head over to their Facebook events tab to find out when the next class is and reserve a spot. Each class is $30 and limited to 15 years and up (but attendees under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). As of now, they’re held downtown at Lamar Union. Make sure to bring your own mat (BYOM) as they’re not provided by the event quite yet.
Once GOGA pumps up some steam, we can almost guarantee they’ll have their own studio, swag, mats, and MORE. Because seriously, who wouldn’t want a little downward dog with a side of cute baby goat?