Goat Yoga comes to Southern Illinois!

You’ve goat to be kidding me… Nope we aren’t. Goat Yoga comes to Southern Illinois each spring and fall on our farm and it’s a blast!

The Ryder Family Farm welcomes yogis and animal lovers to their pastures 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. Who doesn’t need some more relaxing?

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 does goat yoga with Blondie the goat
Goat yoga balance

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 in Southern Illinois.”  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.

buy goat yoga ticket

Yoga classes on our Southern Illinois Family Farm pop up in the spring and fall so watch our event calendar, get on our email list or follow us on social media to hear about the newest dates as they are added.

Typically, the spring time classes have younger goats participating as new babies are born on the farm in the winter. In the fall there will still be smaller goats, just not quite as young.

Updated for spring 2021: Class is scheduled for Saturday May 8th, 2021 @ 11:30am with tickets on sale now. 

ABOUT OUR GOAT YOGA CLASSES

We will do this year’s goat yoga classes in a responsible, socially distant way with reduced class sizes to accommodate social distancing during Covid-19. Classes will take place outdoors under the shade of some maple trees.  All skill levels are welcome!

What: Goat Yoga Experience

When: Class is scheduled for Saturday May 8th, 2021 @ 11:30am

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

Cost: Advance purchase is $25 per person (can be purchased online here) or $30 at the door.