Barnyard Yoga Comes To Lehigh Acres
Come meet the Kids — Ellie May, Daisy Sue, Belle, Annabelle, Cici, Moose and Billy Buckaroo. Not the human kind of kids. But Mary Burgess’ goat kids.
Burgess and her 10-acre family farm in Lehigh Acres with chickens, horses, dogs and of course the goats.
There are some of our older goats that don’t participate in our yoga classes, but love attention and treats! Betsy, Barbara, Wee Goat, and Granny Goat.
Burgess has hosted Barnyard Yoga since February and it’s been all most sold out every single time.
On Sunday’s, about a dozen baby Nigerian dwarf goats and a couple of Nubian goats explored our outside makeshift yoga studio.
Burgess’s idea for barnyard yoga started with a Nigerian dwarf goat named Belle, the tiny, with brown and black markings.
According to Burgess’ website, “One day on our farm, this amazing little goat was born. We named her Belle. Belle’s mom was a goat that I had rescued and she was less than interested in being a momma goat, so Belle became my little bottle baby. She went everywhere with me! We had a bottle in the morning and then headed off to work. This is how I began to discover how I could share my farm. On our way to work, we drove thru a bagel place. I ordered and pulled up to the window with Belle resting in my lap. The look on the cashier face was such excitement and happiness as she asked if she could pet my adorable baby. I said “Of course!” and lifted her up toward the window. As I said she could hold her, she quickly scooped her from my arms. And this is where I began to love seeing how happy one little goat could make someone, and just about anyone! A few days later, we stopped at the pet store our way home, because what every adorable baby goat needs is a dress! What was meant to be a quick trip turned into over an hour of people petting, holding, and taking pictures with Belle. It was such an amazing experience to see all these beautiful, smiling faces. That is when I knew I had to share my love of goats with my community.”
Burgess called a high school friend, Jenna Love, to ask if she’d lead the yoga classes.
From her website “This is where Jenna Love came into the picture. Love and I have known each other since we were in high school. She’s been practicing yoga since I’ve known her. When I thought of who would teach yoga, I knew I wanted to have her as my partner in this venture. So I called Love up and explained this crazy idea. She just laughed at me! Then she said, “Let me meet your goats!” She’s been an amazing teacher since we started classes in February. Since then we’ve been sharing love, light, and laughter with our community in a natural living environment.”
Love contributes her experience of nearly 20 years of yoga and meditation practice to our Barnyard Community. Love’s approach to teaching is detailed and gentle with a focus on alignment and breathing.
When yoga classes begin we laid out our mats on a bed of straw, but you have to be careful of the chickens. They like to kick the straw up onto your mat and even sometimes goat’s poo gets in the way but Burgess and Love caution all the first timers.
It’s suggested if take a yoga that you arrive at least 30 minutes early to get some goat-loving time because of Burgess packages bags of treats for the goats. Carrots, banana chips, baguette crisps and a course Lucky Charms. It turns out the goats prefer the sweet stuff too.
Burgess said yogis cuddle up with the goats and take selfies.
Barnyard Yoga classes take place twice a week at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 5:30 p.m. Friday for $20. Visit barnyardyogainc.com to find a complete class schedule and to reserve your spot.