Goats & Yoga, a collaboration for joy, connection, and surprise
Local yoga studio partners with a goat farm for autumn celebration
Media Contacts: Carly C, yoga instructor | Jodi C, owner Sterling Hot Yoga 859-402-2211 | Emily S, Storm Run Farm 859-808-0009
LEXINGTON, KY— When Storm Run Farm called and said we have goats,you have yoga, we said YES! This event is guaranteed to make you smile and laugh out loud at least once! Join us Oct 21, 2017 from 4-6pm at Storm Run Farm in Winchester, Kentucky for a perfect Kentucky fall experience on the Farm. This is your chance to interrupt any patterns of stress, sickness or depression and focus on positive and happy vibes. Let’s get out of the city, get some fresh air and totally reconnect with yourself, community and GOATS!
Who: Storm Run Farm and Sterling Hot Yoga
A Portion of Proceeds goes to Powell County Agriculture Education – FFA
What: Yoga with Goats followed by Goat Happy Hour with Cider and Pumpkin painting. Kids are welcome to purchase tickets!
Where:10350 Irvine Road, Winchester KY. Entrance on left is before white farm house. Follow driveway up the the hill to your happy adventure!
When: Saturday, October 21, 4-6pm (Yoga starts at 4:15pm)
How: Purchase online http://bit.ly/2kzxZ6
$15 Children Age 10-13 or under
$45 Adults 13+ Starting Sept 21.
A portion of the proceeds benefits local 4h club
Bring: Yoga Mat, Water, Warm Layers.
About Goats as therapy: Research indicates that interaction with therapy animals can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain. Oxytocin levels (linked with bonding) and dopamine levels (involved in the reward-motivation system) are increased, while cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant associated with stress) are decreased.
Are there Restrooms: Yes
Are there hand sanitizers: Yes
Are there Refunds: No unless class is cancelled due to weather
What type of yoga: All skills level vinyasa
Do I have to participate in Yoga: No you can sit on your mat and snuggle with goats
Can I bring family members to take pictures: No. Unless they want to pay for class to ensure we have the perfect ratio of goats to human and everyone gets goat time.
How Long is event: Goat yoga is 30-45 min, followed by Goat happy hour, Cider (and hot toddies!) and pumpkin painting.
Do your goats bite or headbutt: No.
Will they nibble at your zippers/buttons? Yes, but they’ve never destroyed anything. They’ve also never headbutted a human before. They just want to be pet and cuddled.
Do the goats poop all over you: Goats have small pellets, and from time to time they do poop on your mat. It’s not messy and all you have to do is shake off your mat. It doesn’t happen all that often, but it does happen. We have to remember they are not dogs or cats but farm animals and they’re just doing their thing.
Do you force your goats to participate: No. The goats are not forced to stand on your back or do tricks. Our classes are not a required performance for them. The goats genuinely just prefer to be by humans and all they really want is to be pet and receive affection.
Is this a form of animal assisted therapy: Yes. The focus of this class is not just to take pictures for Instagram. The focus is to combine nature, goats and yoga in order to disconnect with the stresses of life. Combining those three things is very therapeutic and works as a happy distraction from whatever you may be going through, whether that be depression, stress, disease, disabilities or anything.
Will there be media: The media may come out to film the event. You are under no obligation to be filmed. Each class is required to sign a media release form.
What is goat happy hour: Goat Happy Hour is the hour following the class where you get to snuggle goats, take goat selfies and have some fun with yoga poses alongside goats! We call it Goat Happy Hour because that’s how everyone leaves HAPPY!
Are your goats certified therapy animals: No
Can Kids come: Yes kids are welcome age 13 under for $15 to pet goats. drink cider and paint pumpkins.
Are the goats in a separate area while class is happening: No, the goats will be free to wander and snuggle up next to you.
About the popularity of yoga:
A 2012 report of the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) states that yoga is the “Most Used Mind and Body Practice,” with 21 million (9.5 percent) of American adults practicing yoga. This was up from 13 million adults in a 2007 study. The 2012 report also cites that 1.7 million American children practice yoga, also up from 2007. The NCCIH website further states that “In people with chronic low-back pain, a carefully adapted set of yoga poses may reduce pain and improve function. Like other forms of regular exercise, yoga may have health benefits such as reducing stress and improving overall physical fitness, strength, and flexibility.”
About Storm Run Farm:
The farm is a family operated farm by Jesse, Emily, Hagan, and the newest member Hartlyn Smith. Jesse and Emily both grew up on a farm and plan for Hagan and Hartlyn to grow up with the land as they did. Our grandparents and parents taught us at a young age to encourage people to learn about our food production. Emily’s grandfather used to host field days, hay rides, and simple visits to anyone interested in the farm, even if they were not involved in agriculture. Growing up with the passion to raise and give back has given us the same passion. We are committed to a sustainable future in agriculture.
About Sterling Hot Yoga: Sterling Hot Yoga is for Everyone! We offer fun, challenging and invigorating classes that are possible for every body, no matter your age, flexibility, or strength offered in 60,75 and 90-minute classes! Every class we offer can be your first class, all you have to do is breathe, we’ll take care of the rest. Each Sterling Hot Yoga class is practiced in a warm and safe environment designed to heal your body and mind while improving alignment, physical strength, balance and flexibility.