Town Rec department hosts goat yoga in outdoor setting

File photo Christine Olesen-Weigand, of Wakefield, smiles as a baby goat balances on her during a session of goat yoga at Great Rock Farm in Georgetown in this photo taken in August 2017.

 Goats — no, not the football-playing GOAT — are coming to The Park next week to join a town-run yoga class as Andover yogis join the national goat yoga craze.

The town's Recreation Department is offering Goat Yoga for the first time on Friday, July 19 and again on Thursday, Aug. 15. Both goat yoga classes will be held at The Park from 6 to 7 p.m. Each class costs $30, is limited to 25 participants who have to be at least 13.

"Goat Yoga is a growing trend across the country and is a fun, unique event that combines wellness and relaxation with a love of animals and the outdoors," said Recreation Director Jessica Downing. Chip-In Farm of Bedford will supply the flock of baby goats who are naturally curious and playful. Baby goats love to climb on anyone and anything so this yoga class will not be one for relaxing and meditation. It aims to be fun and memorable and a sure way to mow the grass as goats are known to eat anything and everything."

After the class is complete, there is also the chance to pet, hold, and take pictures with the animals. The Park at Chestnut and Bartlet streets is a local outdoor space where people can appreciate the beauty of nature in Andover, Downing said, adding it was the "perfect spot to host Andover Recreation’s first ever Goat Yoga classes."

There will be 10 goats at the classes in Andover. Their names are Taz, Butterscotch, Spruce, Blossom, Poppy, Peppa, Marge, Parmesan, Cosmo and Sneaky Pete.

 "Although new, the classes are proving to be very popular and are filling quickly," Downing said.

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