People Are 'Losing Their Minds' for Goat Yoga
Somehow this isn't a 'Portlandia' sketch
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2016 4:44 PM CDT
People are now doing yoga with goats. For real.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A farm in Albany, Oregon, is offering yoga classes with goats. Portland is probably mad it didn't think of it first. The Oregonian reports it all started when a yoga instructor asked if she could host a class on Lainey Morse's No Regrets Farm. Morse's six goats invited themselves to the class, and Goat Yoga was born. And if that sounds weird, consider that the Goat Yoga wait list is 500 people deep, according to the CBC. Morse says people are "just absolutely losing their minds" for it. She thinks her goats "add a level of happy and fun" to what is "supposed to be very strict meditation."

Morse, a former photographer, was diagnosed with a chronic disease and got divorced last year. Her goats helped her through it. "Do you know how hard it is to be sad and depressed when there are baby goats jumping around?" she asks. She thinks her goats provide therapy to Goat Yoga attendees in the same way. She tells KATU they're a "great distraction" from what's going on in the world. The only downside to doing yoga with goats? The animals tend not to hold their poop until after class and will occasionally try to eat the yoga mats. Morse eventually wants to use her goats to help people who have been abused, suffered a loss, or have disabilities. ("Rage yoga" is also now a thing.)