What on earth is GOGA?
We are so glad you asked! GOGA Goat Yoga is exactly what it sounds like. The Yoga portion is a traditional Vinyasa class lasting 45 minutes. There is nothing traditional about the baby goat part, though. We will have baby Nigerian Pygmy Dwarf goats walking, running, hopping, and kissing their way around your mat throughout your practice.
Seriously, Goat Yoga is a thing?
Yes, yes it is.
But WHY? What are the benefits of Goat Yoga?
For decades, people have practiced Yoga to help relieve stress, lessen chronic pain, lower blood pressure, increase flexibility, and help with insomnia. However, it can be intimidating for newcomers to get into Yoga, and that is where the baby goats come in. Adding baby goats to your Yoga practice not only makes it easier to try for the first time due to the humorous and non-judgmental nature of the baby goats, but also can help experienced Yogis remember to not take themselves too seriously and that laughing during practice can be beneficial. Spending time with animals can help reduce stress because of their closeness to nature, and baby goats love to bond with people – often falling asleep on a Gogis back or cuddled up on somebody’s lap. GOGA is a great way to forget about your daily stresses for a bit, giving you the freedom to let go and laugh like a child again.
Can I touch the goats?
You better! The goats are very friendly and quite fond of human Gogis. If you’re lucky, they may even hop on your back during table top or cuddle up with you during Savasana! We do ask that you don’t chase them to pick them up…sometimes they just need a break. But when they welcome some gentle loving…love away!
Where does Goga take place?
GOGA takes place in downtown Austin, TX. Lamar Union has been gracious enough to let us call it home for the time being, and we could not have asked for a more perfect location for GOGA.
Where do the goats come from and where do they go when they grow up?
We have partnered with Roxie of 2CrazyGoatLadies to provide our goats for GOGA classes. 2CrazyGoatLadies raise Pygmy Nigerian Dwarf goats as if they were their own babies (many of them are even hand delivered in Roxie’s house, you wouldn’t believe her stories!), and are truly goat experts. GOGA was founded on the basis and with the promise that the safety of the baby goats will never be compromised. When the babies are old enough to leave their mamas, 2CrazyGoatLadies ensures that they go to great homes, and that the buyers/new family members are fit to take great care of them.
Can I bring food/treats to feed the goats?
Please…pretty please with baby goats on top, DO NOT FEED the goats. Our babies are on a strict diet, some even bottle fed, and we do not want to do anything to mess with their tummies. Thank you!
How many goats are in each GOGA class?
We are going to experiment until we find the perfect goat to human ratio, but we will always make sure there are enough to go[at] around.
Is it BYOG (Bring Your Own Goat)?
That is an intriguing idea, but for now (darn insurance rules), we will provide all of the goats.
Is it BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat)?
Yes, that you can bring. We are hoping to have GOGA mats of our own in the near future, but for now it is BYOM.
Can I take pictures during class?
Um, yes! We will also be taking photos and posting them on Facebook for you to download, to ensure you don’t miss too many perfect photo opps. Be sure to tag us @gogagoatyoga and #gogagoatyoga in your social media posts!
When are the next classes and how do I reserve a spot?
If we have classes on the calendar, you will find them on the “Events” tab on our Facebook Page. If there are no upcoming events, that means we are still working on finalizing the details for our next classes. The best way to find out about classes and reserve a spot is to follow our Facebook or Instagram pages and turn on your notifications so that you are notified when we post information and instructions to register for our upcoming events. You can also follow us on our feverfit page so that you are notified whenever we add new classes.
Do you offer private/corporate events and classes?
We are now testing private events and will be offering a limited number in the first half of 2018. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can follow up with you regarding logistics and pricing.
Are kids allowed?
We offered our first kid-friendly class in the fall of 2017 and many families expressed very positive feedback! However, our number one priority is the safety of our baby goats and it was a little bit overwhelming for them. We will continually look into ways to offer kid-friendly classes, but for now, all of our classes will be 15+. Please like and follow our Facebook page to be the first to find out when new events are scheduled.
Will the goats eat my hair?
That is a very strange question, but weirdly you are not the first to ask. The baby goats may mistake your hair for straw, but their top front teeth have not grown in yet so you won’t go home with a haircut (a little slobber maybe, but that never killed anyone, right?) Their human moms, the 2CrazyGoatLadies, still have plenty of hair left on their heads, if that’s any consolation.
Is crying allowed?
We welcome crying so long as it is happy crying.
Where does the charity aspect come into play?
GOGA was founded with a large focus on giving back to Austin, TX – the community we are so grateful to be a part of. We will have a different charity twist on each of our events, and will also continue to donate a portion of our proceeds to local nonprofits (or in some cases, disaster relief in other cities/states). Additionally, we have committed to donating 100% of the profits from our shirt sales to local nonprofits, specific to the month/time of year.
Are the goats going to pee/poop on me?
Maybe. We have put diapers and onesies on the babies in the past, but we’ve found that they are much more comfortable and playful while naked (aren’t we all?). It rarely happens, so consider yourself the Lucky One if it happens to you.
Can I take a goat home with me?
Not from the event, but if you are interested in adding a little Gogi to your family, visit www.2crazygoatladies.com. They do have a wait list, so hopefully the Yoga will help your patience.
Do you have a wait list for sold out events?
Currently we do not have a wait list in place, so please be sure to like and follow our Facebook page to be the first to find out about upcoming GOGA events. Our classes typically fill up less than 24 hours after posting them, so we recommend you reserve your spot as soon as possible.
Can’t you just add more classes?
We are working on it! Patience, my Gogi.