As a mom of three teens, I’m a big fan of yoga for stress-relief and relaxation. But, I’ve had a harder time convincing my family to try yoga for exercise. Slowing down doesn’t come easy to many of us. But when I heard about the Goat Yoga classes at Kamins Farm in Grayslake, I knew they would be hooked.
My kids have always loved animals. Kamins Farm in Grayslake is a farm sanctuary for animals big and small. The owners offer weekly classes to encourage positive animal interactions and education. In addition to nine goats and Rosie the eight-week-old calf, our class was littered with bunnies, pigs and a slew of cats. It is a very basic yoga class and no prior yoga experience is necessary. Classes occur rain or shine and mats are provided. But keep in mind that this is first and foremost a farm and, well, poop happens. Keep your shoes on and your eyes open.
The goat barn is located behind the main house and is heated to a comfortable 72 degrees before class begins. Leave your coats and other belongings in the car, as animals chew on unattended items. Park in the grass along the main driveway of the property and arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before class. Kate, the owner, will be prepping the space and the animals. For the safety of all creatures, class size is limited and participants must register and complete the on-line waiver in advance. Classes fill up quickly so be sure to make your reservation a few days ahead of time.
As a first introduction to yoga, Goat Yoga was a clear winner. My kiddos loved petting a furry friend while doing their poses and even got some cuddle time with a cutie named Hattie who curled up in my daughter’s lap during meditation. As our instructor suggested, “If a furry friend comes by stop, drop and pet!” which we did enthusiastically. The animals are as much a part of the relaxation as is the yoga. Make sure to allow time after class to enjoy their company and cuddles.
Yoga classes at Kamins Farm are suitable for children ages 12 and up. Younger children will enjoy some of the other class offerings such as “Baby Goat Cuddles”, “Kids Craft and Goaty Cuddles” and “Rosie and Bunny Cuddles.” Adult only classes include “Paint n’ Sip on the Farm” and “Couples Goat Yoga.” Registration links for these classes and more are available via the Kamins Farm Sanctuary Facebook page.
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