Goat Yoga is coming to Isla Vista in December
Goat Yoga will be in Isla Vista this Saturday, giving community members the chance to add clogs to their offspring dogs.
Goat Yoga is a fitness trend that started in 2016 and has been considered a type of animal therapy. During a goat yoga class, the goats interact with the participants by jumping on the participants’ backs or snuggling on the yoga mat.
The goat yoga class IV will take place at Santa Barbara Hillel this next Saturday, December 2 at 11 a.m. A maximum of 50 people are allowed in the course, and the course will cost $ 40 per participant.
Eli Bahar, an undeclared sophomore major and host of the event, said goat yoga is more beneficial than regular yoga because the interaction with the goats releases endorphins, which stimulates a positive feeling in the body. the body.
“It connects you with the people around you and creates a friendly atmosphere,” Bahar said. “It’s more than Zen and more than an experience.”
Bahar grew up in Los Angeles and said he discovered goat yoga last August. He was on a waiting list for three months before he could participate as there is only one studio in Los Angeles that offers the unique yoga class.
“It was an incredible experience and a crazy adrenaline rush. You are just surrounded by people having a good time, ”Bahar said.
Bahar said he wanted to bring goat yoga to IV because UCSB students “get stressed out and can’t find time for themselves.”
Bahar contacted a farm in Sun Valley, Calif. That brings certified goats to yoga events. It’s “quite expensive” to bring this experience to Isla Vista, Bahar said, but he expects a good turnout for the class.
Goat Yoga was created by Lainey Morse, a goat owner from Albany, Oreg. Morse was encouraged by a local yoga instructor to relate her love of goats to the practice of yoga.
Goat yoga is animal-assisted therapy, according to Morse website, and constitutes an “incredible distraction” from work, politics or illness.
This is not the first time that Bahar has helped students de-stress before the finals. He also started a business called Party Ice that delivers ice cream sandwiches to residents of the Santa Catalina Residence the week before mid-sessions and finals.
“Goat yoga is a cut above Party Ice and is still a way to help people de-stress,” Bahar said.
Those wishing to enroll in goat yoga can email Bahar at [email protected].