Put simply, Caprine Vinyasa is a beginners' yoga class with beautiful and playful goat-kids. Each class it taught by Audrey Jones-Blaisdell, a certified yoga instructor who has been with us since we started this exciting adventure. 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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Some of the classes will be at the same location as last year, in the beautiful Boylston Room in the Keystone Building. Later classes will be next-door in the Community Room Eastworks building. Both of these buildings are next to each other on Pleasant Street in Easthampton, about a half-mile from Sage Meadow Farm.
Please make note of which building your class will be held. Location will depend on the date of the class based on availability at both locations. (We are hoping that one day soon we will have a permanent home for our Caprine Vinyasa classes!)
Each year we choose four organizations and individuals to support, two animal-related and two human-related. This year’s recipients will be:
Easthampton Community Center
Easthampton Farmer’s Market
Dakin Humane Society
Halfway Home Cat Rescue