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'Goat Yoga' is a hit in Mid-Michigan

Posted: 11:05 AM, May 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-14 15:05:36Z

Mother's Day, a time, to thank mom for all she has done by buying her flowers, taking her out to dinner, or for some local people, head to the farm and do some Goat Yoga.

"It was a unique experience...I'd definitely do it again," Sarah Saunders said.

People from across the state and beyond showed up to Hilltop Views Farm for some yoga with mom today. It seemed like your normal yoga session, until the doors opened up and the 'kids' came in.

"I think the little goats were my favorite. I didn't realize how cute goats were, honestly, they're pretty cute. I'm not a huge yoga guy but I was doing some move and it kept jumping my back, he seemed to like me," Jared Babcock said.

Besides the obvious health benefits of yoga, people who came today say the goats are good for the soul.

"It was really cute. We had a ton of fun, the goats are like puppies," Genevieve Pang said.

The goats may be cute, but there is some science behind it.

"We all know the effects of animal therapy, it helps with anxiety, it helps with depression. It's really a distraction from everyday life," Shawn Cannarile said.

Shawn and her husband own the farm in Williamston. She partnered up with Goat Yoga creator Lainey Morse, who lives in Oregon to bring the event to Mid-Michigan. She says all the goats are rescues or adopted, and she loves sharing joy with everyone who steps foot onto their farm.

"To bring that life back, for me and my family, that's pure joy. And to bring my passions together, yoga and goats, you couldn't ask for anything better," Cannarile said.

Goat Yoga is every weekend at Hilltop Views Farm. But if you're interested in going, you'll have to act fast. Dates are sold out through June.