Goat yoga: the latest health fad and local escape

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) – Yoga and goats may seem like a strange combination, but it’s emerging as a very popular new way to work out and have fun.

Rainbow Ridge Farms in Onalaska is one of the many places you’ll find something called “goat yoga”. The farm was actually a pioneer of the activity for Wisconsin, hosting its first class in 2015.

It’s a lot like your average yoga session but takes place in a pen, with goats. Although the activity has become a traditional activity at Rainbow Ridge, things look a little different this year because of COVID-19. Class sizes have been reduced to 16 people, and yoga mats are placed six feet apart. Masks, however, are optional.

Classes are led by Tammy Zee, the co-owner of the OM Yoga Studio in Onalaska who has been helping lead the way for people and goats to connect. And while the idea may seem like it’s just for fun, the benefits of goat yoga can truly help people.

“Pets, and animals just have a calming disposition and it helps us feel calm,” says Zee. “It’s just playfulness and silliness and getting away, especially in today’s world. Getting away from the to-do list. Getting away from the iPhone’s, iPad’s, social media, and whats going on in our world that we live in today. All the ‘new normals’ if you will.”

Rainbow Ridge Farm’s hosts Goat Yoga every Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

The sessions cost $15 per person ages 13+ and $5 per person 12 and under. Prices include a mat and goats!

Reservations are required to participate. You can save your spot by calling Rainbow Ridge Farms at 608-783-8181.