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Teaching goat yoga at Smithtown Historical Society has been so amazing! We had over 900 people on the waiting list this season and we were featured on News 12 Long Island! Interacting with these beautiful animals, getting out in the fresh air and making new yogi friends is what yoga is all about.
Hope to see you next year. Kelly xo
I recently read a comment on News 12’s piece on goat yoga. It said something like - goat yoga isn’t “real” yoga, because it doesn’t follow the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Give me a fucking break. Most people have no clue what that even means. I hear fellow “yogis” snickering and rolling their eyes as well, as they eat their egg sandwiches layered with bacon, or benefiting from trendy yoga with stand up paddle boards, wine, dressing up for Halloween yoga etc. By the way, all of which I love and hey...if it gets people out to stretch, breathe, learn and laugh...even better.
My experience teaching goat yoga this summer was profoundly beautiful. I spent approximately 60 hours outside in the fresh air. Time I would not have taken out of my busy day if I didn’t have to, even though the intention is always there. I interacted with curious, loving and friendly animals, most of them rescued from slaughter houses and neglectful owners. I met new people. I learned how to teach outside my studio, for large groups that were completely distracted, yet I held the space and sequenced each session for beginners to advanced practitioners, newbies, people with physical limitations and people of all ages. Some were there for the sole purpose of taking selfies with goats. We’re all on social media every day so the hypocrisy annoys the shit out of me.
With that being said, many left with a heightened awareness regarding animals in need. Many of them thanked me at the end of each session and told me they’d like to try a yoga class. Many of them came with a friend or relative. I witnessed how much fun they were having on a beautiful summer night and it warmed my heart.
Is goat yoga a trendy fad? Absolutely. But it’s also about connection, which in my opinion, is what yoga is all about. It’s not supposed to be that serious. It’s about breathing, moving, nature, awareness and love. They also learned about Ahimsa; the principle of non-violence toward all living things, without even knowing it and who cares. They learned. Many students noticed that goats know their name. They like to cuddle and play. They have unique personalities, just like a dog or a cat.
I got to know and hang out with Karen Bayha from Steppin' Out Ponies and Petting Zoo. If I was a yoga snob and I turned my nose up to goat yoga, I would’ve never met her. She is living her dream. She owns a farm and works her ass off every day to keep that dream alive. Most of her animals are rescues. She treats every one of them like her children. I doubt she knows anything about The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, but she lives an authentic life. I am honored to call her my friend. I am so grateful for the experience, as an animal lover, a yogi and a human being.