GUERNSEY – There are rumors as to how goat yoga got started, but there are no definitive answers.
Was it a bring your goat to work day? Perhaps it was the case of a goat that followed its owner to the yoga studio. Some say it started in the ‘60s in Hippie communes, and another claim is that it started in 2016 by Lainey Morse, an Oregon farm owner who was already organizing a “goat happy hour,” which was an event where people spent time with her goats.
When the suggestion of throwing in some yoga into the mix was suggested, they laid claim to be the inventors of what is now a popular activity.
It’s happening in Guernsey. At the home of Yogi Geraldine Delgado. The goats are coming from the Charlie and Billie Jo Stoneking ranch and are pretty much the “kids” of Macoyia Stoneking who is a senior at Guernsey-Sunrise High School.
According to Delgado, this is a unique opportunity to create a balance between yoga and nature while interacting with adorable baby goats.
“The real stars of our yoga session are provided by Macoyia Stoneking from Finally Home Ranch,” Delgado said. “Macoyia raises Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats and is Youth Ambassador for the American Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat Association. What better way for her to share her passion and love for this breed with others. A little exercise and focus with these cute little guys and gals is guaranteed to be entertaining.”
In actuality, the Stonekings are thankful for the opportunity because they “socialize” all of their young goats so they will not be mean spirited or wild.
“Macoyia spends hours and hours with her goats getting them used to human contact,” said Billie Jo Stoneking. “She is the reason our goats are tame and manageable.”
Macoyia Stoneking certainly has a way with all animals as she had a horse that acts like a security guard and dogs who fight for her attention. What is really jaw-dropping, however is how she is with her herd of goats. She has an entire flock and all she has to do is call them, and she is the center of their attention.
What to bring to a baby goat yoga class: A yoga mat, old clothes that you won’t mind getting dirty, tie back your hair if it is long, a peaceful and loving spirit.
There will be four sessions of goat yoga, three sessions April 28 and one session April 29 due to the overwhelming response. Session one is from 4-4:45 p.m. Session two is from 5-5:45 p.m. and session three is from 6-6:45 p.m. Session four (April 29) will be held from 6-6:45 p.m.
Sessions one and two are $10 each and sessions three and four are $15 each. Following sessions three and four there will be a baby goat happy hour with wine and appetizers served at 6:45 with no one under the age of 21 allowed.
The organizers are also stressing that there are to be no goat snacks brought to the sessions. Goat snacks will be provided by Macoyia Stoneking. In addition, all children participating must be 10 years of age or older and children from ages 10-16 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Delgado residence is 387 S. Idaho Avenue, Guernsey and to RSVP, please call Geraldine Delgado at (307) 331-8460. Sponsors are Finally Home Ranch, Geraldine Delgado and Tri-City Parks and Rec.