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One of my favorite things about being the in the US for the summer is getting to try out crazy fitness trends. Aqua cycling in a pool? I’m in! Zumba with drumsticks? Sign me up. Hot yoga to hip hop? Literally obsessed (All three of those are real classes in my regular rotation when I can find ’em!)

So imagine my excitement when I read that goat yoga, the latest asana style to sweep the nation, had arrived in Martha’s Vineyard.

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

Ian was my bemused partner for this adventure, and as we drove the windy roads up-island on this particularly rainy morning, I hoped the weather wouldn’t divert our goat-date. I was relieved when we arrived to find that the class was being held in a covered farm structure, rain or shine.

As we settled onto our mats, we met our instructor Josey Kirkland, a goat owner and enthusiast, an environmental educator at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and a yoga teacher for seven years. I was pretty pumped to be practicing outside with our without furry sidekicks, something I’ve come to love on my international travels but rarely find within the US. Josey agrees, teaching both at Native Earth Farm, where we were settling into our sun salutations, and also standard vinyasa classes at Long Point Beach.

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

We attended the first ever edition of , which meant there was a little learning curve for everyone — but mostly for the five baby pygmy goats that attended, most of whom were away for their mothers for the first time. Josey assured us this was a totally natural process, though I admit that the first ten minutes of the class were fairly stressful as the goats darted around looking tense and bleating their little hearts out.

Soon, though, everyone got into the groove. The class was a gentle vinyasa style, perfect for beginners, of which there were many in our session. Familiar asanas were punctuated with the occasional goat nibbling on a big toe, or jumping up on someone’s back or chest for a balancing practice of their own.

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

The goats were a little less interactive than the ones I’d seen in online videos and articles, but I chalked that up to them just needing to warm up to us — most of the goat interaction took place in the final fifteen or so minutes of class. But once they did they were the cutest cuddliest little yogis I’ve ever seen!

I loved that throughout the practice, Josey explained to us why she felt such a connection to goat yoga. The healing power of spending time with animal is no secret, and domestic pets and farm animals alike are often used for therapy — they’re credited with lowering blood pressure, releasing endorphins, and even extending life expectancies. Goat yoga isn’t just a cute Instagram fad (though it’s definitely that too), it’s a way for people to move their bodies, fill their hearts, and remember to smile and be playful throughout their day.

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

After class, there were plenty of time for goat selfies. We had such a good time in this class I wanted to come back the next week, but it was already sold out! Classes are filling up across the country — some studios have waiting lists over one thousand people long — so if you have the chance, don’t hesitate! At $25, it’s about comparable with other yoga classes on Martha’s Vineyard.

Next up: Check out my post on where to practice on Martha’s Vineyard!

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

Major fad? Yes. Totally and completely amazing? Double yes!

I get that this is a thing that’s kind of easy , but I had the best time trying out goat yoga. I loved that our instructor highlighted why this is more than just a trend — there’s a restorative power to being around animals, to moving your body, and to being outside. Goat yoga combines all three!

Plus? I got to be on the , and that meant my mom had something to put on her refrigerator. So really a win-win for everyone.

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

Goat Yoga in Martha's Vineyard

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  • OMG, not just goats but BABY GOATS! Both of my acro teachers (who you met) teach goat yoga, and I’m dying to do a lil acro with a goat perched atop the flier (they’ve sent me such imagery), I just haven’t had time this summer.

    • Meihoukai
      September 15 2017

      Girl you would LOVE it. Definitely add it to the must-do list for 2018 🙂

  • Jo-Anne the crazy lady
    August 15 2017

    Oh those baby goats are so cute, they would make it difficult for me to concentrate on the yoga.

    • Meihoukai
      September 15 2017

      Ha, you wouldn’t be alone — this class was pretty distracted by baby goat cuteness. I tried my best to stay focused!

  • Jen
    August 15 2017

    I still have no idea how this became a thing, but they’re so adorable I don’t care. I can’t wait to try it sometime.

    • Meihoukai
      September 15 2017

      I agree — whoever came up with it really struck a nerve, clearly!

  • Marni
    August 16 2017

    Umm I’m pretty sure if I went to this class, I wouldn’t end up doing any yoga because the goats are so adorable!!! It must’ve been awesome to interact with them. I have two cats at home and their version of doing yoga with me is to spread out on my mat so I can’t use it.

    • Meihoukai
      September 15 2017

      Haha I love that. Do you follow YogaGirl on Instagram? She hasn’t posted one in a while but she used to do great time lapses of herself doing yoga with all her animals — including a pet goat! — stopping by her mat to say hi! 🙂

      • Marni
        September 16 2017

        Thanks! I’ll have to check her out!
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  • Ijana Loss
    August 16 2017

    I was wondering if you would try goat yoga; it seemed right up your alley! This looks so fun, and that is coming from one of those people who makes fun of fad things like this! XD But I have to admit, baby goats are really adorable, and I do know the power that animals have

    • Meihoukai
      September 15 2017

      Ha, I don’t blame anyone who has a laugh at something like this — it does feel a little silly! I liked that my instructor explained how it was grounded in real principles. Someone had to take it seriously 😉

  • Ashley Smith
    August 16 2017

    This just might be THE best travel article on the web right now. I could totally get on board with goat yoga. What better way to chill out and really feel good about life than being surrounding by adorable baby animals? I only take *regular* fitness classes, borrringggg.

    • Meihoukai
      September 17 2017

      All fitness classes feel boring after this one, I must admit 😛 So sad I didn’t get back for another session this summer at any point! They are so tough to get into now!

  • Jen
    August 17 2017

    Goats are so adorable! This is my kind of yoga:)

    • Meihoukai
      September 17 2017

      Right?! If you want to attend a class in 2018 best to sign up now lol — the waiting lists are nuts for these things now!

  • Zascha
    August 19 2017

    I’m utterly and completely in love with those baby goats and yoga in the vineyard, is a really amazing post! I would love to do yoga like that some day!!

    • Meihoukai
      September 17 2017

      And I already can’t wait to get back! Thanks for reading! <3

  • Cate
    August 20 2017

    I have always wanted to try goat yoga!! They are so cute!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 20 2017

      It’s SO great. Crossing my fingers that this trend sticks around a long time 🙂

  • Kristin Saling
    August 21 2017

    OMG, if I went to this class, I would be the idiot wandering away from the mat and totally ignoring

    • Kristin Saling
      August 21 2017

      Ignoring the instructor, just so I could play with the goats. Sorry – hit the return button too fast typing this 😀

      • Meihoukai
        September 20 2017

        I get it — baby goats are distracting even for leaving blog comments 😛

  • Jillian Michelle
    August 25 2017

    Oh my gosh, this is adorable! I’d never heard of goat yoga before, but these pics have me sold. I must try this! It’s just the cutest thing ever! Hahaha <3
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    • Meihoukai
      September 20 2017

      Book early — it’s definitely selling out everywhere! But once you get into a class it will be worth the wait 😉

  • becky hutner
    August 26 2017

    THANK YOU for bringing these important innovations to our attention Meihoukai. I for one, yoga AND goat lover that I am, was woefully unaware that you can now combine the two. Praise be! Off to search for a London class right now….

    • Meihoukai
      September 20 2017

      PLEASE report back your findings. I must know!

  • Dominique
    September 1 2017

    I don’t work out very often, but for a class like this you can definitely sign me up! If every gym would have animals, you’d find me there much more often!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 21 2017

      Haha maybe it will become a trend — puppies at the gym would surely be a winner!

  • Danie
    October 15 2017

    This is totally ridiculous and amazing. Everyone’s faces with those tiny little goats… love it.
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    • Meihoukai
      October 17 2017

      Haha it was so good. Gutted I didn’t get in one more session before the summer ended. I’m reserving my spots for next year the moment they open 😉