In my quest to find alternative ways to stay in shape and minimize by lupus pain, both physically and emotionally, I came across GOAT YOGA. Yes you read right. Goat Yoga is a new trend that seems to be popping up everywhere.
So when my curiosity got the best of me I booked a class. I thought this could be an alternative and complementary practice for my lupus.
Let me tell you a little about my Goat Yoga experience. Now, who doesn’t love baby goats? they are the cutest and are said to be good emotional support animals. Put them together with Yoga, a Hindu practice as old as time, and bam ” magic” or not.
Goat Yoga was actually started in Albany, Oregon by a lady who was struggling with depression. She started to spend time with her goats when she came home from work and realized that, it was hard to be sad and depressed while in the company of goats. So she decided to share her goats with other people who would just come and hang out with the goats. Then she met a yoga instructor who thought it would be a good idea to combine the two, and so it was, that goat yoga was born.
Now, here I am enjoying this experience.
The goat yoga class I attended was held outdoors, on a farm with other animals near by, such as chicken, lamas, sheep and adult goats.
The word Yoga, is interpreted as a method of discipline. It is a series of physical postures that is designed to purify the body, giving the body strength and stamina. While doing these poses the goats (Nigerian miniature) run around the class, they climb on your back giving you a massage, as well as nibbling on your hair and whatever piece of your clothing they like. At the end of class we got to play and snuggle with the goats which was stress free and delightful.
However as beautiful and lovely has it sounds, please be aware that the goats might pee or pass little pellets on your mat while you are doing your poses. At the class I was attending there was someone ready to clean it up right away, so it wasn’t a problem.
For me it was a bit of a spiritual experience being outside in nature with these beautiful animals. You can’t help but laugh, when these baby goats get up to their shenanigans. We didn’t seem to get a lot of Yoga done, but for me that was o.k. Emotionally I got plenty, I had a smile on my face for the rest of that day. If nothing else, you get to laugh a lot, which I hear is good for the soul. I could definitely do this again.
I also understand that this will not be everyone’s cup of tea.
If you have Lupus, please remember to consult your doctor before trying anything new.
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