Goat Yoga at Chip-In Farm
As seen on Chronicle News Channel 5!
Kid's classes are taught by Julie Aronis of Little Elephant Yoga. Julie incorporates songs, dances, and stories to get the little ones moving and playing yoga! The goats are just an added bonus.
Adult classes are led by one of our talented instructors, Maria Tiano or Julie Aronis. Classes are always suitable for beginners but even the most practiced yogi will enjoy a class outdoors on the farm.
What is goat yoga anyways?
Goat yoga combines a traditional yoga class with friendly goat kids! Will it be the most relaxing, focused yoga class you've ever been to? No, but it will certainly be fun and a memorable experience! Our goats are playful, inquisitive, cuddly, and sometimes mischievous. We love hosting goat yoga at Chip-In because it brings people to the farm that might not otherwise have chosen to come, and everyone always leaves with a smile! The goats enjoy the experience as well!
How do you know the goats are enjoying themselves?
Our goats are very curious and social, and enjoy new and stimulating environments just like we do! Plus they know that everyone gives them treats and scratches at goat yoga. Goat yoga is fun for us but it is also excellent enrichment for the goats, and it even gives the farmers a chance to spend an hour watching the goats to be sure they are all in good health!
Will the goats climb/jump on me?
We have found that the younger babies have more energy and are more likely to use you as a play structure while the older goat kids tend to be more mellow. We don't train the goats to jump up on people, but some will hop up on your back for a better vantage point or to reach a treat. If you are looking for the experience of goats jumping on you try to come to one of our classes earlier in the season. If you would prefer a more calm, relaxed class with goat cuddles then you should sign up for a class later in the season.
Can I pick up a goat or put one on my back for a photo op?
We will teach you how to pick up a goat at the end of class, and you will have a chance to hold the goat kids for photos. If you would like to try taking a photo with a goat on your back let one of us know and we can do our best to try to make that happen. We can't force the goats to do something they don't want to do!
Will they poop/pee on me?
They might! Remember, they are farm animals and have not been potty trained. Luckily goat poop is in pellet form and easy to shake off your mat! We will also have paper towels handy and will be happy to help you out. It's best to bring a towel or blanket to use as a mat for easy cleaning.
What kind of goats do you have?
The goats are all Myotonic goats, otherwise known as fainting goats. They have a genetic condition which causes their leg muscles to lock up if they are excited or scared. This doesn't hurt the goats and only lasts a few seconds. We sometimes see a goat or two "faint" during a goat yoga class if they become startled. Fainting goats are smaller and stockier than most other goat breeds.
My yoga teacher was awesome! Where can I take more classes with her?
Maria teaches at Serenity Yoga Studio in Bedford. Julie teaches at Roots Yoga Burlington but is also available for private events and birthday parties. You can find out more on the Little Elephant Yoga Facebook page.