Goat yoga is now a thing in Canberra, no kidding

NEW FAD: Goat Yoga , a collaboration between Fiona Harris and Jo Flynn is launching in Canberra in November . Photo: Karleen Minney.
NEW FAD: Goat Yoga , a collaboration between Fiona Harris and Jo Flynn is launching in Canberra in November . Photo: Karleen Minney.

Goat yoga is coming to Canberra - and tickets are in hot demand.

Tickets for the first two classes, which will run in Haig Park on November 11, went on sale at 8am Wednesday morning, and were sold out in just 18 minutes.

"We were absolutely overwhelmed by the response," said organiser Fiona Harris.

"Now that we know how much Canberrans want their goat yoga, we will get stuck into planning more events."

Goat yoga originated in the United States and has since swept the globe. Ms Harris, who also runs the Canberra Beer Runners Club, first discovered the trend on YouTube.

"It's just a lovely idea where you do a yoga class in an outdoor setting and there's goats around you so there's a bit of animal therapy as well," she said.

"As soon as I saw the videos it made perfect sense to me and it seemed like something that people from Canberra would really enjoy and embrace."

The goats themselves haven't quite perfected their downward dogs and aren't part of the yoga moves, but instead just wander among the participants throughout the class.

Yogis move through a gentle series of poses, with the occasional pat or cuddle here and there, in a combination that is udderly relaxing.

Canberra's goat yoga is launching at new event A Taste of Braddon on November 11 in Haig Park with now-sold out two classes in the morning. Classes are capped at 20 people, with 10 goats running around to ensure ample pats and cuddles.

Yoga will be led by local instructor Jo Flynn, who has also hosted standup paddleboard yoga classes on Lake Burley Griffin, and beer yoga at the new Capital Brewery in Fyshwick.

"To enable the goats to interact more, I will keep the poses low level, so lots of child's poses, downward dogs. Hopefully that means the goats will come and interact and cuddle everyone's faces," she said.

"The sequence will definitely be targeted for beginners as well so absolutely anyone can have a go."

The goats are a dwarf milking breed from Old Kentucky Animal Farm. Owner Tas O'Brien said the goats have participated in a yoga class before and loved it.

"The reason we find they're so suitable for the goat yoga is the fact that they are so interactive. They're used to being handled by people for the milking and their nature's a little bit calmer than a lot of your other meat breeds of goats," she said.

"They really enjoy the goat yoga - they're usually pretty interactive with the people. Often they'll jump up onto their backs or come under them when they're doing certain poses. They find it quite fun and the people find it fun as well."

Ms O'Brien said that while the goats most likely won't chew your clothes - "they're more interested in the grass" - it's probably best not to wear your fanciest Lululemons.

To find out about upcoming goat yoga events, see facebook.com/goatyogacanberra.