Goat Yoga - Carlos GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

Vegetarians and health nuts have long touted the benefits of goat’s milk, cheese, and all the other stuff that goes along with it, but there’s a new exercise fad in town.

Make way for goat yoga.

Yes, goat yoga is a real thing, and it’s happening in New Hampshire right now. (Strangely, there aren’t any goat yoga studios in Milwaukee yet, so if anyone opens one, let me know.) It’s actually been a “thing” for more than a year.

What is Goat Yoga?

Goat yoga is the practice of doing yoga in the same room with a handful of baby goats. Goats climb on you when you’re doing the downward dog, dart between your legs when you stretch, and occasionally stop to nibble on your ear while you’re perfecting your poses.

Peter Corriveau, the guy who owns one of the most popular goat yoga studios in the country, said it surprised him that it took off so quickly.

“This was really kind of a fluke,” he said. “We did this dry run, posted some pictures and really hadn’t thought that far ahead. And it’s just exploded. The phone is ringing continuously for people wanting to sign up for classes.”

Classes are about $22 each, and instructor Janine Bibeau says that the goats make class a lot more fun.

“It brings a lighter and more joyful energy to a class,” Bibeau said. “They make a nice energy in the room. It brings everyone together.”

It does look like a lot of fun.

What Do You Think?

Would you try goat yoga? If you’re not already into yoga, would baby goats encourage you to give it a shot? I’d love to hear your take, so please share your thoughts on my Facebook page or on Twitter.

Carlos Gamino