Onalaska farm offers goat yoga

Goat yoga helps raise funds

There’s a new exercising trend popping up across the country, and it’s now available just outside of La Crosse.

Rainbow Ridge Farms in Onalaska offered goat yoga Sunday as part of a fundraiser for summer farm camp scholarships and the La Crosse County 4H goat project.

“There are few things in life that are as joyful as a baby goat,” Rainbow Ridge Farms owner Donna Murphy said.

Goat yoga is a new trend that has many people eager to roll out their mats. Dozens took part Sunday.

“It was a lot of fun. I’ve never done goat yoga before, so this was the first time,” Megan Rasmussen said.

“Yoga doesn’t have to be this serious thing where we’re doing all these crazy poses and bending into pretzels,” yoga instructor Jennifer Monsos said. “Yoga can be a fun family-oriented experience.”

While it may seem like yoga and goats don’t mix, Monsos begs to differ.

“They also can bring a little bit of calm,” she said. “Even though it seems like everyone is hustling around, everyone is going to walk out feeling happy.”

“I think it makes it … like you have more energy, and it’s calming to be able to pet the animals,” Rasmussen said. “It’s also funny, so just being able to laugh.”

Half the money from the fundraiser will go toward sending kids involved with the 4H goat project to nationals.

“The national goat show is in Madison this year, which is just right up the road,” Murphy said. “It’s not like every day you get the chance to go to a national show.”

Goats are an unlikely partnership with yoga, but one that brings a lot of smiles.

“They just have the best time,” Murphy said. “That’s joy.”

Getting into the farm Sunday cost $5.

The farm’s goal was to make $1,000, which would be enough to send children involved with the 4H goat project to nationals.

Rainbow Ridge Farms will hold goat yoga classes this summer starting in June on its Tuesday Family Farm nights.