Goats and yoga? The perfect combination for a relaxing evening


What could make yoga more fun? 

Goats, apparently. 

Cookie, Fudge, S’mores and Sweetie Pie were the experts on hand to help East Tennessee State University students, faculty and staff unwind during finals week. Goat trainer, or goat whisperer, Leah Hillard, walked among the rows of yogis, dropping treats on their backs to encourage interaction with the goats. 

Fudge, a black wether particularly fond of food, trotted along the backs of students as they posed and nearby friends snapped photos. S’mores, Cookie and Sweetie Pie trotted along, occasionally nibbling at a yogi’s hair. 

“We just wanted to do something special for ETSU students, faculty and staff during a really stressful time for them which is finals week,” Fitness and Wellness Coordinator Nani Hillbert said. “We always do yoga, and we always do those types of programs, so how can we amp it up?”

Goat yoga and other forms of animal yoga have been growing in popularity in the country and the region. 

A second goat yoga class will be available for students, faculty and staff beginning at 5 p.m. at the Basler Center for Physical Activity. The class will be limited to the first 60 people to sign up, and a valid ETSU ID and waiver will be required to participate.

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