Goat Yoga Frequently Asked Questions
Managing the Goats are a full-time job and keep us very busy. Since it is a peculiar activity, as you can imagine, we get many of the same questions. Unfortunately we do not have time to answer every email or phone call, but will do our best to get back with you as soon as possible. Here is a list of Goat Yoga Frequently Asked Questions. I hope you will find the answers you are looking for. Please read through all FAQ before contacting us.
Q. Do you have Gift Certificates or T-Shirts or other merchandise for sale?
Yes we do and they make the perfect gift! Especially for that friend who has “EVERYTHING!” Gift Certificates and T-Shirts can be found in our Shop. We also sell Shirts, Tanks and Goat Yoga Mats at our Classes.
Q. How do I use gift certificates?
Gift Certificates hold a $15 value towards any of our regular Goat Yoga Classes. Your certificate is your ticket in! No need to sign up online. Please contact us beforehand to secure your spot.
Q.Can we Drop-in to a class?
We dont believe in long waiting lists, but highly recommend buying a ticket to secure your spot. Sometimes we will allow Drop-ins for $20 a person, but please contact us first to see if there are openings. We will open new classes as others fill, so there will always be a class available.
Most of our goat yoga classes are held at Welcome Home Ranch 26601 S. Val Vista Dr #GoatYoga, Gilbert, AZ 85298. This is the NE corner Val Vista/Hunt Hwy. Locations may vary so always check your ticket. All our classes fill, so please no walk-ins without contacting us. Walk-ins are $20. Parking for Goat Yoga is in the first parking lot after the entrance. Occasionally there are Rodeos and High-quality equestrian events going on that you are welcome to attend after goat yoga class.
Q. How did Goat Yoga get started?
April started incorporating goats into her workout routine while training for NBC American Ninja Warrior in 2014 (Submission Video). Sarah teaches Paddle board Yoga classes, so we combined our two passions, and Goat Yoga was born!
Q. What makes Arizona Goat Yoga different?
There are now several goat yoga’s popping up all around the country, so what makes Arizona Goat Yoga different? Arizona Goat Yoga was the first Goat Yoga IN THE WORLD to have trained yoga goats. Co-owner April Gould started training her goats in 2014 with yoga and various exercises as a fun way to work-out. In 2015, April was then featured as the “Goat Whisperer” on NBC’s hit TV show American Ninja Warrior for her unique fitness idea. This quirky concept turned into the “Goat Yoga Craze” we see today. Not only is Arizona Goat Yoga THE Largest Longest-Running Goat Yoga, we are HILARIOUS! Co-Owner and long time yogi instructor, Sarah Williams, doubles as an improv-comedian and will keep you belly-laughing throughout the whole session–that is if circus goats in tutu’s dont crack your smile first. We have personally served over 15,000 happy yogi’s and GUARANTEE a Goat Experience… So what are you waiting for?
Q. Is Arizona Goat Yoga Year-Round?
Yes, even in the summer! April and Sarah are both native to Arizona and feel very fortunate to live in a State with Beautiful Year-Round weather. Arizona Goat Yoga is the longest continual-running Goat Yoga business and we adjust the time of classes accordingly to ensure comfortable temperatures. Arizona Goat Yoga is among the top things to do in Arizona and we love when people come from out of State for Goat Yoga. We work very hard to constantly come up with new ideas to make Goat Yoga an interacting, entertaining, belly-laughing, community party and affordable to everyone. We are proud to be the board members of the Goat Yoga Association, and are happy to see Goat Yoga now all across the world… I mean, how can you really go wrong with yoga and goats?
Q. Can we just come and pet the goats without yoga?
Goat Yoga is a very casual fun environment and we recognize that not everyone there is for the yoga. The yoga is as hard as you want it to be. You may find that you actually like doing yoga after coming to a class. You are welcome to just sit on your mat and meditate with the goats, but you still sign up for a class. Only about 20% of goat yoga participants do yoga on a regular basis.
Q. How long is the class?
Each class is an hour long, but people usually stay later to take pictures and mingle with goats.
Q. Do we bring our own yoga mat?
We recommend you bring your own yoga mat, but we do have a limited amount of mats available to rent for $5 or buy for $30.
Q. Is it handicapped accessible?
Goat yoga is in an open field with plenty of room. We have had several people come in a wheel chairs, but depending on the handicap, you may want to bring a friend to help. Please be aware that it is in a grassy field that can be damp or dusty from time to time.
Q. What is your Goat to People Ratio?
Our goats are constantly having cute little babies, and there is no retirement age for our Yoga Goats, so we are continually growing our farm. We typically have 100 people in every class but have plenty of goats to go around and Guarantee a Goat Experience!
Q. Are children permitted in classes?
Yes children are welcome to come to a class, but still need a ticket regardless of age. We prefer that they are comfortable around animals and able to make it through a fun yoga class without wandering around. We have a lot of other animals so it can be tempting (horses, Chickens, Cows, Giraffes). Some of our goats are around 35 pounds and don’t discriminate who they jump on. So please use your own discretion when bringing a child.
Q. How do I sign up for a class?
Class can be found under our “Classes” tab. Scroll down to the calendar and Click on the highlighted date you want and then the “Register Now” button. You will be directed to Eventbrite and pay by credit card for your class.
Q. Do we bring our own yoga mats or do you provide?
We recommend you bring your own mat or towel, or be one with the earth. We do have some cute Goat Yoga Mats you can buy for $30 or rent for $5.
Do you have bathrooms?
Yes! We have a small bathroom in the red barn, 2nd horse on your left.
Q. Do you give refunds?
Sorry there are no refunds unless a class gets cancelled due to unforeseen rain or irrigation. Its sunny 325 days a year in Arizona, and even during monsoon season, it has never rained during a goat yoga class! If you are unable to make it to your assigned class, we may be able to move you to a different one within the following week. Please let us know as soon as you can beforehand, so we can make room for you in another class, and give someone else the opportunity to take your reservation. Our classes fill up quickly.
Q. Do you offer private classes?
Goat Yoga is more fun with a lot of people but if you want to book a private event, we have a few different options. We can do a private class on weekdays for $800, up to 30 people, and $20 each person after that. If you have a large group of 100 people for a private event, we will open a special class at a flat price of $15 a person (without Eventbrite Fees). For fundraisers, your organization would buy out the whole class, and keep whatever overage you wish to charge for your fundraiser. Text or email to schedule.
April and Sarah can travel to your location for goat yoga, given there is a large enough group and an enclosed area to do so. The goats are also willing to travel out of state for Ellen Degeneres or other television shows.
Q. How do we find the pictures from our class?
We will put the link on our website under “Photos.” Please allow a couple days for our photographer to get them ready for us.
Q. Are spectators allowed at Goat Yoga just to watch and take pictures?
For insurance purposes, only those who pay for the class can be within the enclosed area. If you wish to only watch and not play with the goats, you can do so as a from outside the fence… but it is a lot more fun on the inside!
Q. Can we pick up and hold the goats?
Absolutely, but we have a few guidelines to follow. You can pick up and hold the baby goats if they come to you (and they will). Please dont chase them, we want to teach them that they can be comfortable and safe during yoga. We ask that you share the love, and limit your time holding baby goats. The babies will fall asleep and melt into your arms, so it can be really hard to give them up, but you have to be strong! Please put the goat down if it starts wiggling or bleating, as it may need to nurse. Do not take a baby away from their mom if they are lying next to each-other or nursing, again, we want them to feel safe. Our goats genuinely love Goat Yoga and enjoy jumping and playing with human interaction.
Q. Why are your classes so affordable?
We want everyone to be able to enjoy goat yoga so we keep it inexpensive! We do not offer group discounts or refunds. If you have a large group we can set something up so you avoid registration fees but would have to contact us beforehand.
You may wear whatever you want to goat yoga. Some people wear workout clothes, costumes, swimwear, PJ’s, jeans and flannels….Goats don’t judge, Goats just love. Just remember you’ll have goats jumping on your back and your in a grassy pasture.
You can check into goat yoga with just the name that bought the ticket or the email. If you’d like to give it to someone else, you can forward them your ticket, or give them the name you bought the ticket under! You do not need to print out your ticket.
There is no retirement age for April’s Goat Yoga Goats, and we think they are ALWAYS cute no matter what age! April has been raising goats on her farm for over 15 years and they are her and her families beloved pets! April’s Goats are Certified as Emotional Support Animals. They are incredibly sweet and each have names with individual personalities. April has had up to 70 goats at one time. If the heard gets too big, she will sell them only to friends, neighbors or people she trusts as PETS ONLY. Our goats love yoga and human interaction, but are not forced to participate. We are members of Goat Yoga Association of America and in the process of APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service), which both ensures the safety and well being of our animals. We take animal care very seriously and are hoping that by doing goat yoga, we are showing the world how sweet goats can be.
Q. What about the goat poo?
All of our classes are held outside in a beautiful grassy field, so any poo becomes part of the Earth. Goats poo little tiny pellets, with no smell, and is full of minerals, which makes incredible manure for your gardens. We give it away for free, so if you are interested, bring a bag and take as much as you want! Goats dont usually poo on you, so if they do, consider yourself lucky