"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn." Henry David Thoreau
Driving out to Black Prong is an experience in and upon itself, and I am incredibly lucky to have the excuse on a weekly basis. Just past Williston my phone goes out of service and I get to soak in the views across ranches with calves racing and napping. There are also paddocks dappled with grazing horses, some supremely adorable donkeys and one farm that has alpacas so white and fluffy that I think they look like poodles with their necks stretched. It reminds me of the value of our rural context - both tangible and intrinsic.
Black Prong is a place where people go to be in nature with their animals. I couldn't believe it the first time I saw it. If you even know me a little, you know why. Dogs, horses, sheep, and goats all working, learning, & playing with people. The occasional fox squirrel runs through to keep it interesting. Some times I even get dogs in my weekly yoga class and it is perfection, and now I teach yoga with goats.
Honestly, my first thought when I was asked to teach was, "no Billy goats." I grew up on a farm and we had goats. My sister and I even had pet goats that we would sneak in to the house. Bucky and Tinkerbell gave us more hilarious memories than any sisters should have, and that was all before we even hit high school. As an aside, If you want to know how I became a Yoga Therapist, ask me about our goose who had a bum wing and how the horses felt about me using their trough to give him physical therapy. Oh yeah, back to the goats...
My second thought was, "This is going to be hilarious. HILARIOUS." Have you met a goat? They can be a little shy at first, but they bring real meaning to the term, "party animal," and they have a tremendous sense of humor. No, I am not giving animals human traits. Humans are just animals that could work on humility, and seeing things from different perspectives. Animals are smarter than we would like to think - goats in particular.
A few days later I realized that not only was this going to be fun, it was also going to be more true to the idea of yoga than any studio class I could teach or attend. There is no mood lighting, no correct alignment, no inspirational music, no fancy poses, outfits, or accessories. You literally fling yourself into a bit of beautiful chaos, practice patience, kindness, and connection with in the flurry and there is poop (actual shit) that nobody cares about.
So now there are only two goat yoga classes this season and they are particularly special. Next weekend is goat yoga with some time to meet the newest babies. I got a preview and they are the most curious, adorable creatures. Ever. Come help us give them some positive socialization to people. The last goat yoga class is in March, and it is in conjunction with a Bluegrass festival. Goats, Yoga, and Bluegrass? You already know I will be at Black Prong for all of it. There are still spaces open in these classes. You can register here: http://www.goatstogo.farm/events/
Sorry for all the typos on this post. My darling cat smashed my computer, and I am working on a small device. I am still more sour with him for taking out a titmouse. #lovehimanyway