By Allison Collins
GUILFORD – Suzette Hayes, owner and founder of Black Horse Yoga Studio in Guilford, is inviting area yogis to “head butt [the] stress right out of life.” This Saturday, May 20 from noon to 1 p.m. will kick off the first in a series of goat yoga sessions offered by Hayes. She invites anyone interested, regardless of past yoga experience or ability, to “let these sweet, baby goats help you relax, recharge and find humor and brightness in your day.” Underscoring the accessibility of goat yoga, Hayes adds, “I’m excited to offer this for all ages—from 6 years old to 99.”
Hayes says an idea grew toward reality as the result of popular demand. “I have had requests to incorporate my goats into a fun yoga practice and when a friend offered her baby goats, I thought ‘why not’!” Andrea Edwards of Unadilla will be supplying the baby goats, of the Nigerian dwarf variety.
Anyone who has studied with Hayes in the past or visited her sprawling, picturesque Guilford farmland-turned-studio knows of her love and inclusion of animals of all sizes into her life and her yoga practice. She has been the proud owner of pygmy goats for the past seven years. “They are definitely a stress reliever,” says Hayes. “When I need to regroup, I head to the barn, hang with the horses and chickens, but what brings the biggest smile to my husband and myself is the antics of the curious, crazy goats.” Likening them to mini-skateboarders, Hayes quips, “They make anything you have a playground, including your body!”
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