June 13, 2019
By David Nordby
The Brillion News
REEDSVILLE – Goat yoga is not a complex concept. It’s also a real thing that’s increasing in popularity.
While humans do a light yoga session, goats interact with them by cuddling up to them, or sometimes even climbing on their back during a plank or other yoga position.
“The teacher kind of just keeps doing what she’s doing and leads them through about 45 minutes of actual yoga. But when the goats are all there … they come and nibble on you or stay on your mat by you and people start getting distracted,” Rachel Langer said.
Langer has owned Langer Acres Goat Farm at 10414 County Road J in Reedsville with her husband for close to six years and is the closest spot in the area with goat yoga. The farm just started the event this month and will continue through the summer.
“We were kind of thinking along the lines of animal therapy,” Langer said.
Langer says that the goal isn’t always to have an intense yoga session but rather end up having fun with the animals.
“The goat yoga is pretty fun because it’s lighthearted and for … all levels (of yoga),” Langer said. “It’s fun and you laugh and it’s kind of silly.”
The farm has about 150 goats on 56 acres of land.
“Basically, we really enjoy the goats. They’re really fun animals … They’ve been making us very happy,” Langer said.
“Whenever we’re in the barn with them, we love being with them. So, we wanted to share that with other people,” she says.
Yoga with Goats is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. multiple Saturdays this summer and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays. The program is open to ages 10 and up.
The goat yoga concept came to the farm after they saw the way visitors interacted with goats in other relaxed settings.
“They leave the barn smiling ear-to-ear because their interaction with them was fun and positive and happy,” Langer said.
Please see the complete story in the June 13, 2019 edition of The Brillion News.