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Up North: Goats prance as people pose in first Duluth Goat Yoga classes

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: August 26, 2020 11:01 PM

Downward dog is a common yoga pose. There's also the downward goat, it's not a new pose but is a popular sight during goat yoga.

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"It's a regular yoga class with mini goats prancing around and they can hop on you if you want, and you can do as much or as little yoga as you'd like," said the owner of Duluth Goat Yoga Angela Abernathy.

These prancing goats spread positive vibes last weekend during Duluth Goat Yoga's first ever classes. The group is awaiting the completion of their own venue, so Superior's Earth Rider Brewery hosted the herd for two sold out classes on Saturday afternoon.

"Participants got to enjoy a pint of Earth Rider beer along with the goats and the yoga," said Tim Nelson, the founder of Earth Rider.

The concept was a fun one, drawing Duluthians Samantha Doller and Jake Girtz to participate. "I love yoga and he likes goats a lot so [we] thought it would be really fun," said Doller.

Yoga participants arrived on the brewery lawn around 1pm and met the goats before a storm rolled through. After about a 15 minute pause, Duluth Goat Yoga instructor Connie Larson continued leading poses.

"People are just here more for the goats than the yoga but I try to do a lot of poses where people are in position where the goats will jump on them. Because that's what everyone wants is a baby goat on their back," Larson said. "It's really fun, it's like a little massage."

Abernathy added that goats and yoga, while unique, make a good combination. "They're herd animals so they naturally want to be with people and they like to get up high on things so they'll hop on you."

People could feed the animals, pose with them, and take photos all while finding their inner balance. 

"People were stretching and really feeling at one as it were. Then the goats would come up and be at one with them, and eat some food. They'd have a snuggle and maybe a selfie together then [go] back to stretching and breathing," Nelson said. 

"For the last half an hour I just held a goat," laughed Girtz. "I didn't do any yoga I just held it while it slept, so that was probably the best part."

Mini Goat Yoga and Beer will return to Earth Rider on Saturday, September 5th. The class is $30 and will be offered at 1pm or 3pm. Participants are asked to bring their own mat or towel and wear a mask when moving around the venue.

For information on purchasing tickets, click here. 
 

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