Yoga with horns? You have goat to be kidding me

Instructor Neil Cannon gets an unexpected kiss from an Alpine goat named Marcel during a session of goat yoga at Degroot’s Nurseries. Glenn Ogilvie

Journal Staff

They came, they saw and yes, they goat out of hand.

Nearly 100 yoga enthusiasts turned out for Sarnia’s introduction to goat yoga, and the trendy take on the exercise craze showed it wasn’t all baaaaaad.

Marcel was a star of the show. Glenn Ogilvie

Marcel was a star of the show.
Glenn Ogilvie

In fact, goat yoga was exactly as advertised. People got together for three successive yoga sessions at Degroot’s Nurseries on March 11, and a small menagerie of goats mingled and gambled about, jumping up on participants, tugging on hair, posing for selfies and nibbling on feet.

“The yoga students had a great time (and) the feedback was fabulous,” said organizer Stephanie Cook of Farmgirl Fitness, whose Watford-area farm is home to more than a dozen goats.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves and many wanted to take the goats home with them.”

Cook, whose Farmgirl Fitness is on Facebook, said she’s planning to hold more goat yoga sessions both in Sarnia and at her Watford farm.

Herbie the goat gets in on the action during one of three 30-minute sessions at Degroot's Nurseries. Glenn Ogilvie

Herbie the goat gets in on the action during one of three 30-minute sessions at Degroot’s Nurseries.
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Shayna Mitchell, left, and Allison Copeland pose for a selfie with Walter. Glenn Ogilvie

Shayna Mitchell, left, and Allison Copeland pose for a selfie with Walter.
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Herbie gives yoga instructor Mackenzie Zavitz a quick toe nibble.

Herbie gives yoga instructor Mackenzie Zavitz a quick toe nibble.

While holding a yoga pose Sydney Balcom, of Strathroy, receives a helping hoof from Marcel, an Alpiine goat. Glenn Ogilvie

While holding a yoga pose Sydney Balcom, of Strathroy, receives a helping hoof from Marcel, an Alpiine goat.
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Mika Wells gets a tongue-lashing from a goat named Howie.

Mika Wells gets a tongue-lashing from a goat named Howie.