The First Goat Yoga

As goat yoga increasingly becomes popular, and as others start popping up around the country, it makes you think. Who was the first goat yoga? To answer, you would have to dive into the minds of the original creators April Gould and Sarah Williams.

April and Sarah both grew up in Mesa, Arizona and graduated in 1996 from rival high schools. Sarah was always into fitness and entrepreneurship. She had many started a few sucessful businesses of her own, one being a yoga paddleboard. constantly coming up with new business ventures. coming up with new 

Goat yoga planted seeds in 2015. go into a little history way back in 2015 (ok only 4 years ago) When was the first Goat Yoga? The concept of performing yoga goats started on a small farm in Gilbert, Arizona, February 2015. This is why we celebrate “National Goat Yoga Month” in February. Partners April Gould, Goat Whisperer, and yogi instructor, Sarah Williams, came up with the concept one day while Sarah was thinking of a new fun way to workout. Sarah knew April was training with her goats for American Ninja Warrior and, being a yoga instructor, thought it would be fun to combine the two. This simple idea, which originally was mocked, has grown into an international trend. Having specially trained yoga goats interacting, jumping, and doing yoga WITH you is a completely different way to do yoga, that has never been done before.  As a backyard trapeze artist, and acro-yoga enthusiast.  Arizona Goat Yoga was the first Goat Yoga incorporate specially TRAINED circus-type yoga goats in adorable costume to interact, jump, and love on you during yoga. It takes a special goat with hours of training and specific breeding to perform on command. Baby goats naturally love to jump and play and get a lot of attention while they are “cute” (that is why you see all the cute “baby goat” videos) but as they grow, they lose their spunk are regarded more as “farm animals”. They are left alone with their herd in a pasture, waiting to be milked or eaten. They are instinctively skittish. After 8 months old they see everything as a threat, and stop trusting humans. At Arizona Goat Yoga, these Goats are our beloved pets. They all have names, individual personalities, and their own story. At Arizona Goat Yoga, you will see all ages of goats, because we think they are ALL cute, not just the little ones. The adult goats love to jump and play and love on you just as much as the kids. We have been teaching with love and positive reinforcement for 15 years. In 2015, we started specifically training them to jump on our backs. This continued to snowball into Arizona Goat Yoga. 

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