It took a uniquely creative mind to take a farm animal and a Hindu ascetic discipline and put them together.
But someone did about four years ago, and goat yoga took off.
Yep, that’s goats and yoga, not goat yogurt.
On Saturday at the Twisted Olive in Green, about 55 yoga practitioners and three kids came together for a session of the emerging tradition under the guidance of Pattie Wagner, founder and owner of Release Yoga, also in Green.
If you picture frenetic, young goats roaming around a sea of tranquil men and — mostly — women, that’s about right, Wagner said before the session began.
“We teach a basic class and the goats kind of hop around and spend time with the yoga students,” she said.
Wagner said she’s been holding the sessions for a couple of years now, and it’s always sold out. People are drawn to it for the fun and the pastoral view on the Twisted Olive grounds.
Alex Trace, a Jackson Township resident, said he registered for the Saturday event to get out of the house and see the goats… and to try the Hindu aesthetic discipline thing.
“I’ve never done yoga,” he said. “[But] I wouldn’t be opposed to it.”
His friend, Kourtney Kohler, also of Jackson Township, said she has practiced yoga.
“The goats are definitely a selling point,” she said.
As she spoke, the three young goats, all 2- to 4-months-old, began roaming among the assembled students.
“Look how cute,” Kohler said. “I’m definitely getting a goat.”
Nancy Kannel of New Franklin practices yoga regularly. But the goats were a definite plus, she said.
“I love animals,” Kannel said. “I think it will be different and fun.”
The three kids were provided by Nicole and Lincoln Barrett, who ushered them around on leashes. When food pellets were placed on the backs of the yoga students, the goats leapt on their backs, oblivious to the calm of the pose.
Lincoln Barrett said the kids learn quickly to jump aboard the yoga students.
“They’ll go where the food is,” he said. “They understand after a while what you want them to do, but it’s all food related.”
Nicole Barrett said she and her husband have been bringing goats to yoga events for three years. On Saturday, it was Earl, Demi and Bindi who left the confines of Dandelion Acres Farm in Louisville for the pastures of Twisted Olive. Their owner wasn’t surprised at the turnout for the session.
“I think it’s just weird enough that it draws a crowd,” she said.
When the goats aren’t practicing yoga, they provide milk for soap and fudge, Nicole Barrett said. The Barretts have 14 goats — five of them kids.
Wagner said that Release Yoga will hold another goat yoga session in October.
Although her business conducts several traditional classes every weekday, the goat yoga is so much fun, she’s thinking of trying something different next year.
Dog yoga, anyone?