Latest craze from Left Coast: Goat yoga

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Goat yoga (Facebook)

This time it isn’t California introducing the newest weird trend … but Oregon is close enough.

It’s called “goat yoga” – not goats doing yoga, but humans doing yoga while baby goats frolic about.

“People are desperate for something that is pure and peaceful,” Lainey Morse, owner of No Regrets Farm in Albany, Oregon, told the Oregonian. “It’s really hard to be in pain and sad when there’s baby goats jumping around you. It’s just you’re letting go.”

But what was once a simple startup in her barn has taken off as a full-blown business with a line of goat-yoga apparel, seasonally themed Holiday Goat Yoga sessions that draw attendees from across the country, “Sunset Goat Yoga & Wine Tasting” events in coordination with a local winery and, of course, all the problems other new businesses encounter.

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Success has forced Morse and her goats out of the barn – goat yoga in a barn is not a legitimate category to Oregon zoning officials.

“It’s been such an uphill battle trying to create this new thing,” Morse, who quit her job of 10 years to do goat yoga full time, said. “I had six liability-insurance companies turn me down.”

Goat yoga (Facebook)

Morse’s fledgling business was profiled by local media in August. She now has a waiting list of over 1,100, according to her Facebook page, and is offering licensing agreements to the growing number of copycat yoga instructors entering the new market.

The practice of goat yoga involves baby goats scampering among – and often upon – her clients. The classes last about an hour until the goats lose interest.

“My goats are very social and friendly animals and love to interact with people,” she said. “Animals are known to Click to see the original article      


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