Goat Yoga comes to Southern Illinois!

Goat Yoga comes to Southern Illinois!

You’ve goat to be kidding me… Nope we aren’t. Goat Yoga comes to Southern Illinois each fall!

The Ryder Family Farm welcomes yogis and animal lovers to their pastures this September & October for a Goat Yoga experience. Goat Yoga brings yogis and animal lovers in contact with goats for uplifting the spirit and relaxing the mind and body.

Think this is a case of yoga gone too far? The masses disagree! The goat yoga trend was born in Oregon in 2016 and has since received national news coverage. Goats are by nature curious, affectionate, playful and athletic. They love to jump, climb and investigate what is new. Goat yoga is simply a yoga class with young goats springing on and around the participants.

This fusion of animal bonding and yoga is made possible by a collaboration between certified yoga instructors and The Ryder Family Farm‘s goats.

You don’t need to have any previous yoga experience to enjoy this class, yet even the most experienced yogis will find a fun challenge if they desire. Think goat balances!

Talina Ryder of The Ryder Family Farm hatched the idea of bringing Goat Yoga to the area. “I’m a goat farmer and a yogi so naturally I’ve noticed the Goat Yoga trend spread. I really get a kick out of doing yoga with goats so I knew we could make this happen.”  Talina shares.

Talina will goat wrangle while yoga instructors lead participants through an easy yoga class on the lawn, surrounded by goats. Participants craving a goat balancing experience are in luck too. At the end of class you can do your favorite yoga pose and have a baby goat balanced on you or you can just take selfies with the goats.

Classes are scheduled for Saturday September 19th, 2020 @ 11am and Saturday October 3rd, 2020 @ 11am (SOLD OUT) with tickets on sale now. 


We will do this year’s goat yoga classes in a responsible, socially distant way with reduced class sizes to accommodate social distancing. Classes will take place outdoors under the shade of some maple trees.  All skill levels are welcome!

What: Goat Yoga Experience


  • Saturday, September 19th, 2020 @ 11am or
  • Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 @ 11am SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, October 17th 2020 @ 2pm
  • * more dates might be added

Where: The Ryder Family Farm, 146 State Highway 146 East, Golconda, Illinois

Cost: Advance purchase is $20 per person (can be purchased online here) or $25 at the door.