From Nashville to Portland, goat yoga—a yoga class where goats hang out—has been trending across America for the past year, but thanks to Deep Ellum Yoga’s Haley Capri, the highly Instagrammable experience finally arrived in Dallas last night. I was at the inaugural class because I love yoga and think goats are pretty cute, and I’m here to answer all your questions.
(Also, here are some pictures of goat yoga, for your viewing pleasure.)
How many goats were there?
There were about 15 to 20 baby pygmy goats.
How much did it cost?
$36. A percent of proceeds go to the North Texas Food Bank.
I know this seems super technical, but did anyone have to sign a waiver?
Yes. Everyone was given a waiver to sign when they arrived to check in.
Were the goats friendly?
They were super chill.
How many goats did you get to pet?
A lot actually. Most were just independently walking around but some were coaxed to hang out with us, or stand on us, with some food pellets.
Did you get the sense that goats have a particular affinity for yoga?
Goats care for nothing except food pellets and eating grass.
Did you make a personal connection with any of the goats?
Yes. His name was Truffle and he was a real charmer.
Sorry to bring this up, but did any of the goats relieve themselves?
Oh yes. There was a handler to scoop things up throughout the class.
On a scale of 1-10, how cute was the whole thing?
I’d give it an eight, but I’ve also seen two otters hug at the National Zoo and that’s tough to match.
Based on this experience, if you could choose another baby animal to do yoga with, what would it be?
Why was it held at Eastbound and Down, of all places?
How was the workout?
The teacher, Shannon Josephson, was really great, and you can tell she’d put on a killer yoga class if there weren’t goats everywhere. The class itself was only about 30 minutes, and it was pretty basic (she did sneak some side planks and side crows in there though). Shannon also encouraged everyone to ignore her if a goat was passing by and just pet it, which I appreciated. The remaining 30 minutes were spent playing with goats.
If you’re looking for a really good yoga class, this is not going to give you that. This class is about the goats, with a side of yoga.
In the grand scheme of things, is goat yoga really necessary?
No. But neither is wine, or Tom Hanks’ use of social media to document lost gloves. It’s just nice to know these things are out there.
Keep up with Deep Ellum Yoga to sign up for an upcoming goat yoga class. But act fast, classes fill up real, real fast.