When I came across an advertisement online while I was researching an activity to try for the first time, I immediately knew that the Baby Goat Yoga PJ Party at Lavenderwood Yoga would be the ideal new experience for me. Although I am not an advanced yogi by any means, the advertisement specifically mentioned that the class was open to beginners as well, so I figured I had nothing to lose by giving it a shot.
The yoga studio regularly hosts events at Eden Gardens located in Moorpark, and although the drive took forty minutes, the event was definitely worth the distance. After I purchased the tickets at $25/each for myself, my mom, my sister, and her boyfriend, we packed up our yoga mats, towels, and water bottles to prepare for our Sunday morning activity.
When we arrived at the outdoors location, we were asked to lay out our yoga mats vertically in a small gated pen. Before the goats arrived in a truck, the yoga instructor advised us to put all of our bags and belonging to the side, since goats tend to nibble on everything in sight.
The four of us set our mats down on the ground side-by-side and waited impatiently until the woman in charge of bringing the animals opened the back of a truck and lured the goats into the gated pen by bribing them with a bucket of food.
Our yoga instructor unsuccessfully tried to calm the group of yogis sitting before her and move past the initial excitement of seeing the goats roaming around freely, stating that we will have more than enough time to take pictures afterwards.
Shortly after the goats arrived in pink pajamas, we started with sukhasana. Also called the easy pose, this position opens the hips and strengthens the back to warm up the body before attempting more complex poses that thoroughly stretch and loosen each individual muscle from head to toe. Approximately five minutes into the yoga session, one of the five-day-old baby goats sat on my yoga mat and peacefully fell asleep for the remainder of the hour.
Being a hardcore animal lover, I refused to move her aside and was only able to use one third of my mat. Cautious not to squish her tiny body, I eventually decided to slide over and lay entirely on the ground instead. One week later, and my body is still sore from the more advanced yoga poses that we attempted near the end of the session. Granted, I am an amateur yogi who was desperately trying to keep up with instructions meanwhile reminding myself to breathe in the process.