The Mother Ranch, 13892 N 115th St, Longmont, 720-635-7015, themotherranch.com/goatyoga.html
Instructor: Jessie Fliss is a certified yoga instructor and a local business owner. After taking a goat yoga class last year, she fell in love and hasn't looked back. She partnered with Mother Ranch and Ya Ya Farm to create a unique yoga experience.
Fliss provides the yoga instruction, Mother Ranch has the goats and Ya Ya Farms offers apple cider doughnuts. There are only a handful of classes and they fill fast. Private classes for occasions such as bachelorette parties, sororities and family events are available.
What is the workout? It might sound like yoga with a side of goats, but it's really the other way around. Lots of goat watching, laughing and trying to wrangle the little, baby goats.
There were five adorable baby goats. Knobby kneed and still a little unsteady on their feet, the baby goats milled around the enclosure. Carrots were strewn about to get the goats to warm up to people. When we were in a plank or a low bridge Fliss picked up baby goats and placed them on people's backs and stomachs. I had an adorable goat hanging out on my stomach while I scratched his cheeks. I was in no hurry to kick him off.
Yoga was incidental to goat spotting. Fliss kept up the pretense, getting us into down goat, instead of down dog, at least a couple of times. Her fun personality set the tone of the class. There was no pressure to take the class seriously or stifle laughter at cute goat antics.
What's different? I mean, there were goats. There were also amazing apple cider donuts from Ya Ya Farms, a nearby apple orchard. I'll never look at doughnuts the same again. They were soft with a distinct apple flavor and covered in a layer of sugar.
The event brings together three local, female-owned businesses to provide an event that supports their businesses and the community. The Mother Ranch offers programs to help kids, teen and parents who have gone through emotional trauma. Working with horses and goats on the farm can be a therapeutic experience.
I can see why, after taking the goat yoga class. Interacting with the animals and being in a wide-open space is a carefree adventure. It's easy to leave your hectic life behind and live in the moment.
It's not heavy on the yoga, which is unusual. You won't find an internal moment of zen or anything like that. "It's an hour of laughter, smiling, striking a yoga pose or two, having some goats maybe poop on your mat, chew your hair and just have a good time," says Fliss.
Cost: Each class is $20.
Level: Anyone can sit on the grass and pet a goat. You will never feel intimidated. "It's all ages and it's great for families," says Fliss.
If you're squeamish about goat poop then this isn't the class for you. It is a farm, not a sanitized yoga studio. However, hand sanitizer is made available.
When: There are only a few planned classes from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on July 18 and 25 and Aug. 22 and 29.
What to prepare: I couldn't find my yoga mat and brought a towel instead. Turns out it was a good idea. The class is outside and there is goat poop on the ground. I was glad I could throw the towel into the washer after class. You can bring a yoga mat and water.
Muscles worked: I wasn't putting much effort into the yoga. I got a bit of a stretch but nothing strenuous.
What I loved: This is a great class to take with a group of friends. You can't even pretend to be pretentious when a goat is nibbling on your hair. It's a selfie paradise.
What I didn't like: I was a little wary about getting peed on. Luckily, that didn't happen.
How I felt after the class: Even Eeyore couldn't be gloomy at this farm. I was smiling the whole time and took that all the way home with me, doughnut in hand.
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