Put simply, Caprine Vinyasa is a beginners' yoga class with beautiful and playful goat-kids. Each class it taught by a certified yoga instructor. Class participants are encouraged to pet, cuddle and hold the kids, at the kids' leisure. You may find yourself in a posture, when suddenly a goat-kid (or posse of kids) may start climbing on you. Like most youngsters, goat kids are easily distracted and have a short attention span, so their visits with you are likely to be in brief intervals. But they also are known to suddenly lay down on a random mat for a quick nap.
While it's true that a meditative yoga practice is good for the mind and body, every now and then we all need to step back from taking ourselves too seriously. Goat kids playful antics will often interact with practicing yogis, which is a great way to stay present in the moment. Do you stretch deeper into the pose, or do you relax and nuzzle with a curious kid that is demanding your attention? You get to decide!
Our goat-kids love the attention! From the moment they are born, our goats are socialized with lots of daily human interaction, as well as interaction with other animals on our farm. This allows them to grow into adulthood with little fear of their human handlers. The only thing kids love more than curling up in a human lap ... is probably jumping on the person's shoulders. This creates a goat-kid that is anything but shy! But like all little ones, they have accidents, and we will have pee/poo patrollers on duty to quickly clean up any messes.
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The classes will be at the same location as last year, in the beautiful Boylston Room in the Keystone Building, on Pleasant Street in Easthampton, about a half-mile from Sage Meadow Farm.
The owners of Keystone have been very generous in partnering with us to create a save and vibrant space for our event, and they have even provided us with a discounted rate for the event space.
It's simple; we love helping others in our community, both humans and animals. In four goat-rearing seasons, with the help of many community partners, we have raised over $36,000 for animal-related and human-related causes. Our 2020 season was cancelled, due to the pandemic, and our 2021 season was very short due to covid, but we were still able to raise funds in 2021 for Halfway Home Cat Rescue, Easthampton Farmers' Market, City Space, and "Neighbors Helping Neighbors", an Easthampton Savings bank fund-matching drive to help support local food pantries - which turned our $2,500 donation into $5,000 for our friends and neighbors who are food insecure.