MONROE, Conn. — Look at Youtube these days and one thing seems crystal clear: Everything is better when you add baby goats.
Viral videos of happy practitioners down-dogging to the patter of tiny hooves inspired Elaina Wieser to invite a few cloven friends to select classes at her Blue Lotus Yoga in Monroe.
“I cap it at 25 (people) and they’re sold out,” she said of the classes. “I didn’t even know I liked baby goats until I started doing this. They’re adorable.
“I know 100 percent that people are there for the goats. I’m not offended.”
Wieser met up with the folks at Guardian Farms at the Monroe Farmers Market and they first considered offering goat yoga there, but they nixed that idea.
“The health department is very strict about it because there’s food involved,” she said.
So the farmers suggested they bring the goats to the Main Street studio she opened in February.
“At first it was, like, ‘Oh my god, my beautiful studio? What?” she said.
But the goats have proven model guests. They were timid at first, but they’ve begun climbing on her clients in later classes — and practitioners can’t get enough.
Wieser tailors her 45-minute classes to the horned visitors. She shuns standing poses in favor of work on the ground.
“I’d rather not have people tripping over goats,” said Wieser, who has been teaching for 11 years.
Since word of the classes — and cute photos and video — got out, Wieser said she’s been recognized when she’s out and about.
“It’s, like, the talk of the town,” she said.
Goat yoga practice on July 16 and 23 is sold out. Wieser said she will likely plan more classes for August. For more information, visit www.bluelotusyogact.com .
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