“Well, n-a-a-a-maste, everyone,” Sherri Wesolowski said, walking into her first time as a goat yoga instructor.
The event came from a collaboration of The Pack Canine Studio on St. Simons Island, and the Hairy Farmpit Girls, who brought seven of their goats up from Camden County. Beforehand, the goats and the 10 yoga students were kept separate. While it allowed the goats an opportunity to acclimate to their new surroundings, it also gave the impression of a volatile mixture — keep people and goats apart until ready to mix, then stand back and watch the antics ensue.
“We had an event here — an adoption event — the Bark and Brew a few months ago, and the Hairy Farmpit Girls were here, they set up a booth and they had their (merchandise),” said Jenny Lee, owner of The Pack. “We were talking about having puppy yoga to get some puppies adopted, and we were like, ‘Wait a minute, how cool would goat yoga be,’ and then we had a connection to the goats. So, it was just one of those things that through a conversation, kind of came together.”
Typically goat yoga events occur outdoors, because goats aren’t very particular about when or where they leave their bodily waste. However, Lee said they put together a training room for the dogs, complete with a rubber floor that made for easy cleaning.
As people made their way into the room, the goats kept up their energetic behavior, with lots of bleats, a few head-butts and general goaty tomfoolery.