Goats plus yoga equal farm therapy

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Spring break is my least favorite time to travel. 

For years, we homeschooled our children, so we could travel any time we wanted to do so. A few years back, our crew started in Jasper City Schools, and that changed our traveling ability. After one spring break in Atlanta, I swore off traveling during that week for good.

For the last few years, our spring break weeks have consisted of trying to do a few fun things around the area. This year, I saw something that I thought my daughters would love – goat yoga.

When it comes to adventures with Dad, my kids know that we are going to have fun, usually doing something weird, and we will probably eat some great food. That’s exactly what we did last weekend.

On a small farm in Helena, Goat Yoga Bham brings together all the health benefits of yoga, while adding the cuteness of calm, little goats. The small business was started by Phillip and Amy Pruett. The couple and their children believe in finding presence, comfort, mindfulness and peace through what they call “Farm Therapy.”

“There is complete peace,” said Phillip Pruett, who is also a native of Walker County, growing up in the Curry community. “The farm awakens our senses. The rush of the creek, birds chirping, hens cackling, goats bleating, a train chugging by…you are able to let your sense take over and be present with yourself and nature.”

That is exactly what me and my three oldest girls (Breeze, Daisy and Joy) found during our experience at Goat Yoga Bham. The first several minutes were spent taking in the beauty of the farm and meeting our new four-legged friends. The little goats were so cut, that I had a huge smile on my face the entire time. I even held a few of them. My girls loved petting the goats and holding them. We took tons of photographs.

Once everybody was comfortable with the goats and they were comfortable with us, we took part in an hour-long yoga session. Our family is extremely familiar with yoga with my aunt being a certified yoga instructor. I felt like this experience would be more of a gimmick than an actual yoga class, but I was surprised that only certified instructors are brought in to teach goat yoga, and it was a great experience.

As the class begin, we were all asked to lay on our backs and relax, maybe even putting our arms above our heads, which I did…until I heard tiny goat hooves running in what sounded like my direction. I opened my eyes just in time to see a goat belly about to land on my belly. It didn’t hurt, but it did shock me. The little guy just laid there on my belly for a minute or so.

As we continued the class, the goats, probably 15 of them total, would visit each of the people participating. Depending on the yoga pose, they would lay beside you, walk through your legs or jump on your back. At one point, I had two goats walking on my back, and it felt like the best massage ever.

My daughters had the best time at Goat Yoga Bham. I believe it is an experience with their dad that they will not forget. I also took them to Costa’s Mediterranean for a great meal and a quick stop by Krispy Kreme. 

If you’re looking for something fun to do, check out Goat Yoga Bham at www.goatyogabham.com. If you take a visit, be sure to tell them James from the Daily Mountain Eagle sent you. 

James Phillips is editor and publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He may be reached at 205-221-2840 or james.phillips@mountaineagle.com.