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OCT 2018

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bearnos.com 32 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 10.18 THE BIT A BIT TO DO Kid-asana Doing yoga with goats. The sun peeks through the slats of barn wood, and the smells of manure and cedar fill my nostrils. The only thing between me and a face full of goat turds is a squishy yoga mat, and I'm starting to think the mat has already been compromised. I'm doing yoga with goats at Sunny Acres Farm, past Jeffersontown and the Gene Snyder. Why would anyone choose to take a down-and-dirty yoga session in a barn? The enthusiastic yet calming yoga teacher helps, but it's the furry, prancing, adorable goats that keep me here. The barn stands at the end of a gravel road, a welcoming party of turkeys roaming at the entrance. Inside, a gated circle con- tains 15 people, seven goats and one sheep named Leo. Farm manager Samantha McNay and her fiance Robert Miles had been think- ing about goat yoga last year when a class in Oregon went viral. "We like to be a little out of the box," McNay says. They had the goats, but no yogi. Then McNay met Izzy Nalley at the Schnitzelburg Community Farmers' Market. "I've done yoga with puppies and kit- tens, so I'm like, 'Yoga with goats? Let's give it a try,'" says Nalley, who has been teaching yoga for 11 years. Sunny Acres hosted a few classes last year and has been ramping them up since then. "It's distracted yoga," McNay says. "People use animals for anxiety issues or when they just need happiness. And it gives the goats a valid excuse to bounce around on people and have a little fun." As I play Twister around the three goats on my mat, giggling breaks out. To my right, a goat drools on a woman's neck while she's in downward dog. "Downward goat," Nalley says. Not even five minutes later, a goat named Hershey Ninja straddles a man's head while he's in child's pose. The goats continue to cutely harass the class for the entire 30 minutes. Hershey Ninja attempts to give Nalley a haircut. A goat named Teddy Bear poops. "Usually it's no big deal. We just turn the mat over or get them a new mat," Miles says. All of the goats were bottle-fed as kids, making them familiar with humans. "A lot of times, people will come in with frowns on their faces," McNay says, "and by the time they leave, they're smiling, laughing and carrying on." — Meghan Breen

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