Downward goat? Florida farm offers yoga with goats

A Florida farm offers a yoga class with goats. (Photo courtesy Downward Goat Facebook)

A Florida farm offers a yoga class with goats. (Photo courtesy Downward Goat Facebook)

At Krazy Hearts Farm in Loxahatchee, every yoga class is different.

Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Now, imagine: something furry rubbing against your nose.

It’s Roscoe, the youngest of all his brothers, sisters and friends. He’s one member of a group of friendly goats that crash every yoga session organized by Korinne Johnson on her farm.

When she and her husband bought home in Loxahatchee, Korinne knew she wanted to have a place where animals could be loved and cared for.
And then came 2015, the year of the goat. She asked hubby to consider getting her a baby goat for Valentine's Day.

“He told me, ‘Well, I was going to get you diamonds, but if you want goats, I’ll get you that,’” she said in a conversation after a goat yoga class in October 2017.

Two bay goats turned into four, and now they have 15 African Pygmy and Nigerian Dwarf goats.

Johnson and her husband love and care for them all, like pets, which she thinks is the reason they're so friendly. It could also be the reason her Downward Goat yoga classes have been going strong for six months.

"There hasn’t been anyone who doesn’t love it," she said. #BestDayEver is what she says she hears more than anything else.

“Most people are confused at first. Yoga with goats? Are they jumping on us?” Elisa Roush, yoga instructor from Breathe Salt Yoga in Jupiter, said.

Yoga improves well-being through movement and breath, but there isn’t much centering at this session because, yes, the goats do jump on you. But don’t let that turn you away. They’re as gentle as can be.

At Krazy Heart, there’s more laughing than relaxing, and more playing than posing. A little bit of both. Balance is key.

“It’s something that is going to go on as long as people want to share it with me," said Johnson. "I hope it will be a lifelong thing for me because I love it.”