Farm animals help yoga students release stress at Goat Yoga Texas

Goat yoga's popularity has been expanding throughout Texas

Goat yoga's popularity has been expanding throughout Texas

Image description
IMG_1901
Image description
IMG_1909
Image description
IMG_1916
Image description
Goat Yoga
Image description
IMG_1946
Image description
IMG_1956
Image description
IMG_1970
Image description
IMG_1988
Kimberly Brooke became a certified yoga instructor in 2012 because the technique brought her physical healing and she wanted to share the method with others.

Two years later, she moved to a Magnolia farm with her husband where the two have since welcomed about 40 chickens and 15 goats into the family.

Around the beginning of 2017, a new national trend was taking place that—strangely enough—combined Brooke’s passions for yoga and farm animals. Known as “goat yoga,” the concept involves conducting yoga classes in an environment where goats have access to guests during the class.

Skeptical of the concept’s legitimacy at first, Brooke said she did some research and learned goat yoga is a proven form of animal-assisted therapy. When she taught her first goat yoga class earlier this year and saw the smiles it brought to participants’ faces, she said she was officially convinced.

“When you’re around these animals, you can’t be unhappy,” she said. “For an hour, you’re not thinking about your grocery list, your to-do list, the bad news you got yesterday, your job—whatever it is. You get to be free for just a moment.”

Brooke teaches regular weekend classes alongside her Nigerian dwarf and Nigerian pygmy goats Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Calamity Jane and Annie Goatley, among others.

Goat Yoga Texas is also available for mobile events such as corporate team building, school clubs, birthday parties and bachelorette parties in the Cy-Fair area. Participants at least 12 years old can register online for $29 each class, and a legal guardian must accompany anyone under age 18.

Brooke practices Hatha yoga, which is designed to calm the body and mind. Because each movement can be scaled to an individual’s ability and desired intensity, the classes cater to all levels of experience, she said.

Once the 45-minute class is over, guests can stay to bottle-feed and play with the goats, practice freestyle yoga and take photos.

“These goats are bred to snuggle,” Brooke said. “You come here and something’s wrong, it will not be wrong anymore when you leave. We want to bring that to as many people as possible.”




Know before you goat

Goat Yoga Texas uses Nigerian dwarf and pygmy goats because of their small stature and gentle nature, owner Kimberly Brooke said.

  • They weigh no more than 40-60 pounds when fully grown.

  • Their size allows them to easily climb on yogis’ backs.

  • They do not bite and do not have top front teeth.

  • They are handled daily and are used to being picked up.


Aitken Farm & Ranch
20000 Bauer Hockley Road, Tomball
281-732-7833
www.goatyogatx.com
SHARE THIS STORY
By Danica Smithwick

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.


MOST RECENT

Lone Star College System has $185 million remaining from its 2014 bond referendum. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lone Star College System updates 2014 bond project progress

Lone Star College System continues to make improvements to campuses through an $485 million bond that passed in 2014.

Edward Jones is coming soon to Lakeland Village Center in Cypress. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Edward Jones to open new location this spring in Lakeland Village Center

Services include wealth management and financial advice on topics such as retirement and stocks.

The Door Store to move from Spring to Cypress in March

The Door Store will relocate from 14919 Stuebner Airline Road, Houston, to 10706 Grant Road, Cypress, in March.

Cy-Fair ISD pushes to diversify teacher hires

Last year, 66% of teachers in CFISD were white, according to state data. CFISD officials have managed to hire more teachers of color in recent years.

The venue holds up to 500 guests; can host indoor and outdoor ceremonies; and features a dividable large ballroom, private dressing rooms, 24-foot ceilings and sophisticated modern architecture. (Courtesy Lux Vita)
Wedding, event venue Lux Vita now open in North Houston

The venue holds up to 500 guests; can host indoor and outdoor ceremonies; and features a dividable large ballroom, private dressing rooms, 24-foot ceilings and sophisticated modern architecture.

Texas Central officials announced interior plans Feb. 17 for the company's proposed high-speed train connecting Houston and Dallas. The Shinkansen trains in Japan will be customized for Texas with no middle seats and additional legroom, company officials announced. (Courtesy Texas Central)
JUST IN: Texas Central gives first glimpse of high-speed train car interior

Texas Central officials announced interior plans Feb. 17 for the company's proposed high-speed train connecting Houston and Dallas.

A new townhome project along Telge Road has sparked concerns about residents in nearby communities that the project's location near Cypress Creek could worsen flooding. Developers with the project said they have gone above and beyond in following regulations. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Officials: Decades of development may have contributed to Cypress Creek watershed floods

Editors’ note: This article is the first in a series looking at flooding in the Cypress Creek watershed.

Cirque du Soleil comes to the Same Houston Race Park at the end of February. (Courtesy Cirque du Soleil)
16 things to do in and around Cy-Fair in February and March

From classical music to classic cars to Cirque du Soleil, there's plenty to do in the Cy-Fair area this month.

Council Member James Singleton (left) and Drew Wasson (right) are among the three incumbents who will run unopposed to retain their seats in May 2020 elections. Mayor Andrew Mitcham (center) is not up for election until 2021. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Jersey Village City Council members up for election this May draw no challengers

With the deadline passed for candidates to file, the incumbents will all run unopposed.

Pier 1 Imports in in the process of closing 450 stores nationwide. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact)
Pier 1 Imports to close Willowbrook location Feb. 26

The home decor store is offering 60% off most remaining merchandise.

Harris County ESD No. 9 supports local fire and ambulance services. (Courtesy Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department)
Three candidates to compete for two Harris County ESD No. 9 commissioner seats this May

The two candidates with the most votes this May will win seats on the board of commissioners.

Three candidates are running in the Democratic primary for Texas' 10th congressional district. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: Democratic candidates for U.S. representative for District 10 discuss area concerns, immigration policy

Three candidates are running in the Democratic primary for Texas' 10th congressional district.

Back to top