Goating around

Photo by Breana Patwa

A baby goat chills on the back of delighted 25-year-old The Warrick County Standad reporter, Marisa Patwa, during a goat yoga class taught by Sift Yoga owner Carrie Rice at the Blue Heron Farm in Chandler on Sunday, Aug. 4.

Before the class even started, a baby goat pooped out three little turds onto my sister-in-law's yoga mat.

And just a moment after instructor Carrie Rice said "breathe-in" to start the class, a goat sneezed a healthy dose of snot all over my face, which was facing upwards towards the sky as I was lying on my back, eyes closed and all.

Then, half-way through the peaceful experience, a mommy goat attempted to eat my sister's shoe laces.

But I wouldn't have had it any other way.

This was the scene of my first ever goat yoga class, which was hosted at the Blue Heron Farm in Chandler on Sunday, Aug. 4. The farm is owned by Jill and Curtis Ingram, who also have a variety of other farm animals, teach farm camps in the summers for kids and horse back riding lessons through out the year. They also sell handmade goat milk scrubs and soaps.

Goat yoga is a new millennial trend that has swept the country recently, nearby cities like Nashville, also hosting classes, in which people take a yoga class while goats just happen to be roaming around with them in an immersive-farm experience.

The great thing about the class, other than being giddy over the goats, is how easy, relaxing and freeing it is. There is something so soothing about closing your eyes, breathing in the fresh farm air, knowing live animals are breathing on you.

I also got a kick out of the majority of the over 40 participants in the class all attempting to get their perfect goat selfie. As for myself, after taking a dozen too many pictures to document my experience for work and personal purposes, I made a conscious effort to put my phone down so I could really enjoy the class. Sure, it was great for Instagram, but it was also just a really cool, and fun thing to do on a Sunday right there in Chandler, Indiana, and I wanted to savor every moment.

Rice, who owns Sift Yoga in Newburgh, said they originally started the class to expose people who may not normally try yoga to it in a really fun and unique way.

"Yoga often gets a reputation that you have to be really quiet, mindful," she said. "Goat yoga gives you an opportunity to be silly, get out doors, get fresh air, spend time with the community on the farm, away from the city life. So, it's a good mix of the zen and playfulness of yoga."

And Rice did an excellent job as the instructor, acting as a soothing yogi, but also a whimsical stand-up comedian at times as she lightly commented on the goats activities throughout the class, often which included storming unsuspecting participants' yoga mats or the mommy and baby goats getting into protective tiffs.

The next Goat Yoga class will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Blue Heron Farm.

Goat Yoga was the second yoga class I've ever taken and it was definitely one of those fun adventure goals I didn't even realize was on my bucket list until I checked it off.

It truly was a goat ole time.

Marisa Patwa is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism and minor in political science.

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