Last spring, Jessica Mayer saw something on the Internet that caught her eye: People practicing yoga while goats meandered around.
“I thought, ‘We should try that here. We have the goats,” said Mayer, retail manager at LaClare Family Creamery in Malone, a small town in Fond du Lac County, Wis.
Since the class combined yoga and goats, Mayer decided YoGoa would be the perfect name for the activity. The first YoGoa class held in mid-June was a huge hit and Mayer worked to add other classes to the calendar.
“It definitely attracts more people to yoga and gets more people interested in trying it out,” she said.
Once the yoga students settle in and Vahlsing provides a brief overview, a group of goats, who are all less than a week old, are brought into the grassy area.
Vahlsing leads class participants through traditional yoga poses while the goats walk around or just sit and watch. She designed the class so people of all levels of experience can participate.
“People love goats and giving them the chance to interact while enjoying yoga has people coming from all over,” said Mayer, who is the daughter of farm owners Larry and Clara Hedrich. “The goats seem to love it just as much as the people.”
Class attendees are not just limited to Fond du Lac County. When LaClare announces a class on its Facebook or Instagram accounts, people from throughout eastern Wisconsin quickly sign up for the class. Mayer said the classes fill up as quickly as she lists them.
While Mayer has yet to try YoGoa herself – she is usually working when the classes are held – she said the response has been wonderful.
“The goats roam around or may just stand there and look at the participants,” she said. “It’s nothing too crazy.”
LaClare plans on adding more YoGoa classes throughout the summer. Follow LaClare on Facebook to stay informed about future YoGoa classes.