Along with Downward Dog and Dolphin Plank, a new yoga pose is now coming to Los Angeles -- Goat on Back
About two weeks ago, Laughing Frog Yoga in Santa Monica became one of the first LA studios to get involved with the nation's growing goat yoga trend. During the studio's classes, two baby Nigerian dwarf goats, Pippin and Spanky, climb on people's backs, run between their legs and, sometimes, chew on their hair as they work through Vinyasa poses.
The studio's first event sold out in about ten minutes and goat yoga classes throughout August are already filled, according to owner Kareem Mitha.
Mitha said that, at 25 pounds each, the six-month-old goats help yoga-lovers get a better core workout when they stand on people's backs, but they're mostly there for the laughs.
Zena Wozniak, a 28-year-old content manager who tried out goat yoga for the first time last week, said everyone in the room couldn't help but giggle throughout the one-hour class.
"It made you feel like a kid again," Wozniak said. "As an adult with a serious 9-5 job, you walk in not knowing how to interact with goats."
Goat trainer Scout Raskin said it's not uncommon for people to come up to her after class and tell her that playing with the little creatures made their day, or their week — and the goats love it too.
"Goats are natural climbers and they like to be on top of things," Raskin said. "They like to be on top of people."
Sadly, Mitha said that goat yoga can probably only go on for a limited time. Pippin and Spanky are getting bigger and, by the end of September, will be too heavy to keep jumping on people's backs.
Raskin, however, is working to teach her pets some new tricks that will help to keep them in the goat yoga business longer, like having them put just their front hooves on people's' backs to help them get deeper stretches.
Until then, the two goats will be at the studio, helping to make the class a little less serious.
"Yoga is really about letting go into the moment and just having fun," Mitha said. "The goats act as a catalyst to get people there."