Goat yoga continues to grow in popularity and residents will soon have the opportunity to take part in all the fun when Lazy Day Farm brings their traveling goat yoga to Ancient City Brewing in St. Augustine Feb. 10 and 11.
The Feb. 10 session will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Ancient City Brewing location at 3420 Agricultural Center Drive, Suite 8, while the Feb. 11 outing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at Ancient City Brewing’s downtown location at 18 Cathedral Place.
According to Lazy Day Farm owner Dennis Sugar, the fact that the dates occur just days before Valentine’s Day is perfect timing for couples looking to do something unique to celebrate the holiday.
“We are getting a lot of couples that have shown interest and taken part,” Sugar said. “It is always a great time by all and there will definitely be some memories created.”
As if goat yoga was not unique enough, another interesting approach Lazy Day takes is by partnering with local breweries throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
“We’ve had a lot of breweries come to us and ask about it because it is always such a hit wherever we go,” Sugar said.
The setup depends on the layout of the brewery with some having enough space for the goat yoga to be held inside the brewery and others being held outside.
The downtown Ancient City location on Feb. 11 will be inside and the Feb. 10 session will be outside in a sectioned off area of the brewery’s parking lot. Ancient City has hosted the goat yoga sessions in the past.
“We try to build a good partnership with these breweries, and love anytime we get to schedule future dates,” Sugar said. “We’re always looking for other breweries who would want to partner with us. This area of northeast Florida has been a real hit for us.”
As the name suggests, goats are a big part of the experience and really steal the show in many ways.
“There’s definitely a lot more playing with goats then actually doing yoga,” Sugar chuckled. “It’s a calming and relaxing experience in general.”
Baby goats are used, and one thing Sugar has realized is that not all goats are the same in how they interact during the yoga session.
“Some goats will jump on people and others will just be happy just sitting and chilling next to a person for most of the time,” Sugar said. “Every goat has their own personality, which makes each class different.”
The classes typically have about 50 to 70 people and last between 45 minutes to one hour long, but the event often ends up lasting much longer than that.
“We’ve been there for about an hour after before because we let the people just hang out and spend time with the goats,” Sugar said.
According to Sugar, they try to keep the cost to attend the event less than $28 in the hopes of making it an affordable outing for anybody who wants to join, but that price can vary.
For more information about the two upcoming events in St. Augustine and to purchase tickets go to lazydayfarm.com or the Lazy Day Farm Facebook page.
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