True story: Until last Saturday, I had never taken a yoga class. But when my friend Leigh Ann sent me a text that said, “Girl!! Clear your calendar. I have goat yoga tickets. Wanna go?” There was only one possible answer. UM YEAH!!! I had never had much of an interest in yoga because telling me to quiet my mind or find my zen is about as useful as telling a goat to sing you a song from Hello Dolly. I’m not sure whose brilliant idea it was to combine yoga poses with adorable goats, but I would like to give them a huge hug. Because that’s basically what goat yoga is. A giant, soul lifting, mood boosting, goat loving hug.
When we arrived at Shenanigoats Yoga in East Nashville for their first ever goat yoga class, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. My experience with both yoga and goats were non existent. We were greeted and invited into this beautiful backyard sanctuary where several goats were just waiting to be loved on. We found spots for our yoga mats and set out on a mission to find new furry friends. Goats are not shy. Or at least these goats weren’t. They were happy to be picked up and snuggled or to climb upon you and use you as their own personal ladder to reach the leaves on the trees. They seemed perfectly content amongst all of the new friends that piled in, happy to make their acquaintance.
Yoga instructor Jenna Wolf called the class to session. The moment I saw her I was reminded of Parks and Rec’s Leslie Knope describing her best friend Ann Perkins. “Oh, you poetic and noble land mermaid.” Land mermaid could not have been a more accurate description of Jenna. As she guided us through the various poses, she moved with such grace. Her voice exuded love, light, and calmness. Even with the class being quite distracted by the furry yogis in our midst, she was able to maintain our focus quite easily. Despite how fluid she made the movements seem, I found my(terribly unfit)self shaking while I tried to hold certain poses. That level of difficulty is dramatically increased while trying to balance a baby goat on your back. Also, having a baby goat nibble your hair while you are in downward dog is one of the cutest things ever.
After the class, I felt lighter. Maybe it was removing the 15 pound goat off my back. Or maybe it was all of the stress that melted away because of the absolute blast that is Shenanigoats yoga, the masterful teachings of Jenna Wolf, and the goat snuggles. For the rest of the day, I felt almost as if I had gotten a massage. I was relaxed and ready to be a weekend warrior. The next day I was impressed at how much I still felt the workout. My core, arms, and legs were sore in that way that let’s you know you had a great workout. If you’re in the Nashville area and want to check out Shenanigoats yoga, click here! If you would like to check out a class by Jenna Wolf, click here.