We all thought yoga couldn't get any better.
Not too long ago, photographer and farm owner, Lainey Morse's world came to a screeching halt.
Amidst a divorce, doctors diagnosed her with chronic autoimmune disorder, Sjögren’s syndrome.
Lainey immediately spiraled into what ifs. What if she would no longer be strong enough to hold her camera? What would happen to her 10-year-strong career? As she told Scary Mommy, she thought, “oh my God what am I going to do. Whenever I was stressed I would sit out in the field with the goats.”
There, she explained, “you forget you’re in pain, forget you’re sad and depressed.”
Feeling delightfully tranquil amongst her goats, the Albany, Oregon-based farm owner began thinking…“It was so therapeutic spending time with them,” she explained, “so I started inviting my friends over.”
“And it didn’t matter if they showed up sad or worried – everybody leaves happy after time with the goats.”
So, she decided to host a kids birthday party at the farm.
During said party, yoga instructor, Heather Davis, casually told Morse, “you should really let me have a yoga class here.”
One thing led to another and eventually Goat Yoga was born!
Offering yogis 360 degree views of the Willamette Valley and coastal mountains, folks have since traveled from near and far to practice yoga amongst Lainey’s gaggle of wandering goats.
And now, this innovative practice has a waitlist 900 people deep.Goat Yoga, Morse explained, “it’s really about disconnecting from the world’s stress.”
While our world may feel increasingly chaotic, Goat Yoga offers yogis the chance to disconnect and seek a new level of tranquility.Of these devoted yogis, Morse said, “they’re used to traffic, stress, concrete – and they can escape that. Goats are really calming. They go very well with yoga.”
For many, practicing yoga amongst these adorable goats is a welcome distraction from life's various stresses.
“The political climate is so nasty and reading the [news] headlines is torture,” Morse posits. “But when you’re lying on your stomach stretching, and a baby goat crawls on your back, you can’t help but be happy. It’s the best distraction.”
Lainey hopes to bring Goat Yoga to even more folks all over the world.“My end goal is to have veterans and therapists come out and spend time with the goats.”
“We had a doctor come out and take everyone’s blood pressure before and after the class,” she recounted.
“And everyone’s was lower after time with the goats.”
Who knows! Goat Yoga may very well be just what the doctor ordered.Sign us up!