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Trying Goat Yoga At Nittany Meadow Farm

Feeling stressed? Try goat yoga.

Or, try what as Onward State photographer Teagan Staudenmeier and I endearingly call “goga.” Nittany Meadow Farm offers this, and it was simply the best thing ever, all conveniently located 15 minutes away in Boalsburg.

The farm partners with Wellness in Motion, a local yoga studio on East College Ave., to provide a relaxing and easy yoga experience that’s prime for a good stretch while still getting all of the goat snuggles.

When we arrived, we were welcomed by the owner’s son, who was very helpful and gave us a small container of goat food. Then we got to meet the eight goga goats and the other goats that are happy residents at Nittany Meadow who were chilling in the barn before the goga session started.

It was a perfect evening to be outside, and the farm looked beautiful during golden hour. All the class’s attendees mingled and laid out their yoga mats before we began. When the goats came out, they were so excited and ran to greet each of us.

Our instructor, Mandy, led us all in a very easy and laidback yoga class, perfect for beginners and goat lovers. The goats would walk up to you and walk under your legs, or even jump up on your back while in the tabletop pose. I’m not a frequent yoga-goer, so the difficulty level was perfect, and the whole experience stuck a smile on my face the second I got to the farm.

I was having the time of my life at goga. Those goats are absolute cuties and were so friendly and happy. Being around them automatically made my dreary Monday better. All of the goats at Nittany Meadow have adorable names and huge personalities, so shoutout to Rose for being a frequent visitor to my and Teagan’s mats. I think $15 for an hour of playing with goats with some exercise mixed in was an absolute steal and a great improvement to my mental health.

I took every opportunity with a free hand to shake my little container of treats, and those goats came frolicking over. They were very eager to get treats from anyone who shook their container and often found ways to open the container themselves.

I also would like to take a moment to talk about how adorable it is when the goats sneezed. They would run and sneeze out of excitement when they realized you had food for them and it made my heart so happy every single time.

I went home relaxed, happy, and ready to take as many people with me to another goga session as soon as possible. Oh, and did I mention the goats will be having babies in the spring? You’ll definitely catch us back at the farm with all the little ones.

Owner Tara Immel and her family bought Nittany Meadow Farm and started offering goat yoga classes this past April, and they’ve been working on expanding what the farm offers since. They have curated the perfect farm experience with goat yoga, goatcation cottages, tours, meat sales, a future aquaponic greenhouse, and more.

Immel has plans for Nittany Meadow to continue offering goat yoga through the winter months with an indoor goga experience in their barn. Registration is completed through its website, and folks, goga is something you gotta try.

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Mackenna Yount

Mackenna Yount is a sophomore food science major from Manitou Springs, Colorado. She loves food, is addicted to coffee, and can give you random facts or bad jokes that you didn't ask for. Ask her to bake gluten-free cupcakes and she'll throw in some brownies, too. Mackenna can be contacted via Twitter @mackennayount (especially if you want to show off your best dad jokes) or you can shoot her an email at [email protected]

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