Have you ever heard about something that sounded fun and that you wanted to do it, but you never got the chance? Perhaps you wanted to take a trip to someplace exotic, but you never had the financial means or vacation days to spare. Maybe you wanted to go to a new, fancy restaurant but couldn’t get a reservation or find a dinner partner. Or it could be something as simple as you wanted to spend the afternoon at a park, but you never made time in your schedule.
For whatever reason, we often don’t do stuff that we’d like to do. We put fun on the back burner, thinking that we don’t have time or money or we don’t deserve to have fun.
For most of my life, I often would choose work and something productive in my schedule over a fun activity. I used to think that if I wasn’t accomplishing something, it wasn’t worth me doing. I have learned, though, is that I need to have fun in life, and actually having fun IS accomplishing something. The scriptures even encourage us to have fun!
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A joyful heart is good medicine…” and Ecclesiastes 8:15 says “I recommend the enjoyment in life, for there is nothing better on earth for a person to do except to eat, drink, and enjoy life.”
I need to let myself go and enjoy things that bring laughter and joy, especially now. After months of being at home, figuring out the new normal of life during a worldwide pandemic, isolated from friends and family, it is time to have fun.
One of the fun things I have wanted to do for a long time is to go to a goat yoga class. I bet you had no idea I was going to say that! It is true, though. Ever since I heard about goat yoga, I have wanted to go. This idea came from Lainey Morse, who started Original Goat Yoga in Oregon in 2016. It really caught on and grew in popularity to other places around the world, including Los Angeles (where I learned about it) and now, at Feels Like Home Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland.
I had the opportunity to visit the farm and participate in the class with goats AND 3 month old piglets. Given the covid-19 guidelines, everyone wore masks upon arrival and body temperatures were taken to assure safety. The class was also held outside under a tent, limited to 20 people, and all mats were spaced 6-feet apart.
After loving on the baby animals and getting to know my fellow classmates, our yoga instructor began the class and challenged us to stay focused, even with the animals walking around, eating the food we placed around, and even chewing on my braid while in side angle pose.
It was challenging but oh, so much fun! I am a huge animal lover and recommend animal interaction regularly!
My heart filled with joy at seeing the goat and piglets. I loved being able to pick them up and hug them. I didn’t realize how much I have missed hugs over the past few months!
Another thing about the yoga class is the ease at which we could breathe the fresh air, laugh, and move our bodies in and out of poses without judgment. It was an afternoon of fun, without concern for anything except being in the moment, open and vulnerable to the peace that was tangible in the space.
After the class, the owners of the farm, Mark and Alyssa, gave us a tour of their barns in order to meet, appreciate, and learn about the other animals. They have other pigs, lots of goats, alpacas, chickens, roosters, dogs, and even a litter of kittens who were recently born.
If you are in the Cleveland area, I highly recommend booking a goat yoga class for you and a friend! If you are somewhere else in the world, I recommend researching what classes may be available in your area.
And if yoga or animals are not ‘your thing,’ I encourage you to venture out and find something fun. It will be good for you and definitely worth the LEAP!