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Goat Yoga Craze Comes to Flanders

8-year-old Lia McGrath (center) feeds a herd of goats during goat yoga on Sunday at the Flanders Nature Center.

WOODBURY – The goat yoga craze has made its way to Woodbury. Flanders Nature Center held its first two goat yoga classes today, which drew more than 40 people total.

What is goat yoga? It’s as simple as it sounds. Goat yoga is yoga done in the presence of goats. While the humans partake in a yoga class, the goats just do their thing.

Class-takers are given a handful of oats, which are used to lure the goats into the yoga area with them. The goats are not very namaste: They just want to eat their oats and act like goats.

In some classes, goats have been known to share human participants’ yoga mats, or even walk on their backs.

Nancy Robinson, Director of Marketing for Flanders, said they wanted to hold a goat yoga class on May 19 during its Farm Day event. The event was cancelled, but the interest for having classes was there.

Trish Wootton, an instructor with Yoga Dimensions in Newtown, volunteered to lead a class. The response from goat yoga fans was enough to justify goat yoga becoming a regular program at Flanders.

Toby McGrath, Flanders’ Director of Development, said that goat yoga was also a great way to introduce people to Flanders who had never been there before.

About 75% of today’s attendees were not Flanders members, and McGrath said this gave the newbies an opportunity to experience things like the animals, the North Barn, and the Van Vleck Sanctuary first-hand.

The following is Just Woodbury’s photo gallery of the goat yoga classes at Flanders…

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