What is goat yoga? Benefits of breathing, stretching in poses, in the company of adorable baby animals

Yoga offers tons of mental and physical benefits, but modern variations of this ancient practice are said to offer additional elements of relaxation and healing, and just plain kindness.

The most recent yoga trend? Baby goats. Goats run and jump around practitioners, playfully climb on their backs, and are generally adorable.

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In Albany, Ore., No Regrets Farm currently offers popular goat yoga classes and has a waiting list of over 900. The word got out.

“My goats are very social and friendly animals and love to interact with people,” Lainey Morse, owner of No Regrets farm, told The Oregonian in August. “Animals are also known to have many health benefits for humans, so the mix of goats and yoga seemed to fit.”

Can Baby Goats Improve Your Yoga Experience? Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Morse is right. A 2005 study published in the British medical journal have found that playing with your pet can increase serotonin and dopamine levels and decrease cortisol.

Spending time with animals has also been linked to increased longevity and a healthier heart, and may fight diabetes and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Daily Medical Previously reported.

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“People are desperately looking for something pure and peaceful,” Morse said of the goat’s yoga request. “It’s really hard to be in pain and be sad when there are baby goats jumping around you. It’s just that you let go.”

In 2010, a benchmarking study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing concluded that yoga can be as effective as, if not better, than exercise in improving health.

Currently, more than 11 million Americans practice yoga, according to the American Council on Exercise.

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