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Goat Yoga Gets Baaaaaa-nned

The D.C. Department of Health wants to protect farm animals from the ancient Hindu practice.

Good, old-fashioned goats and the ancient Hindu practice of yoga are two things that don't seem to go together.

And yet, last year, a small farm in Corvallis, Oregon started offering classes that combined the two. Goat yoga is exactly what it sounds like: the practice of yoga in the presence of goats.

Soon these classes had a 900-person waiting list for an hour of ritual calisthenics with a bunch of horned ruminants. Within a year, the unlikely trend had spread across the nation.

"We would go through the different asanas and the different flows," explains Amanda Bowen, a goat-yoga instructor with GoatToBeZen in Maryland, "and the goats will come around and interact with people as we're doing the class."

And then the unstoppable force of goat yoga locked horns with the immovable object of the Washington, D.C. Department of Health. When Congressional Cemetery Director Paul Williams applied for a livestock permit in the District of Columbia, he was greeted by four lawyers "ready to throw every curve ball they possibly could at me to prevent goat yoga."

But goat springs eternal. Since Manchester, CT. reversed its ban late last summer, the only place in the country where risk-averse municipal bureaucracies are undermining this fitness-to-farm trend threat is the nation's capital.

Produced, shot, narrated, and edited by Todd Krainin.

Music:
J.S. Bach, BWV 536 Prelude and Fugue in A Major, performed by James Kibbie http://www.blockmrecords.org/bach/
J.S. Bach, BWV 546 Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, performed by James Kibbie
Front Porch Sitter, by Audionautix

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  • Hank Stamper||

    Would (all pictured)

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    The humans too?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I'm taking my money back for that pun.

  • Jimbo||

    Sorry, no money baaaaa-ccck guarantee.

  • mortiscrum||

    Do goats even bleat? I thought they made more of a screeching sound usually.

  • mortiscrum||

    Oh, and people need to fuck off with this ___ yoga. People who preach about yoga are insufferable enough as it is. Involving goats (!) is just too much.

  • Jimbo||

    Really got your goat, huh?

  • Inigo Montoya||

    I thought it had already been determined that yoga being practiced by non-Indians was cultural appropriation and Plus ungood. Doesn't matter if goats are around or not.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Horned ruminant was my college nickname.

  • Radioactive||

    goat stew was my college snack...

  • JoeBlow123||

    This is pretty fantastic.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Funny, the D.C. area has an active nude male yoga scene, and although they practice a lot in Silver Spring and other suburbs, I am pretty sure there is also a weekly or so nude male (mainly gay) class on 18th Street in Adams Morgan in DC.

    So goats no, satyrs yes.

  • dirty dave||

    Tantric Goat Fuck : Part 2

  • Hank Phillips||

    This is looking like an Avatar of Satan mistaken identity case. Horns? Check. Cloven hooves? Check. Touching? Check. OF COURSE Officer Opie is going to conclude this is a bestiality ring "petting" zoo organized by Satan and the Serpent of Evil incarnate! And in Watchington?! Nest of coercive Big Brother meddling in all things? Comrades, please... some things one simply ought to know better than to try.

  • Radioactive||

    or just a bunch of fairly flexible but extremely stupid nitwits

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