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Whatever floats your goat: New studio offering goat yoga next week

Lauren Barth opened Nourish Yoga in Hermiston in January.
Jade McDowell

East Oregonian

Published on May 18, 2017 5:28PM

Nourish Yoga will add baby goats to a yoga class on May 25.

Contributed photo by Lauren Barth

Nourish Yoga will add baby goats to a yoga class on May 25.

Lauren Barth, pictured, opened Nourish Yoga in Hermiston in January.

Contributed photo by Lauren Barth

Lauren Barth, pictured, opened Nourish Yoga in Hermiston in January.

The goat yoga craze is coming to Eastern Oregon.

No, the baby goats won’t be doing downward facing dog — but they will be hanging out with the humans stretching and posing on May 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Boardman River Lodge.

“I had a huge request for it because they’ve been doing it in Portland and someone just did one in the Tri-Cities,” said Lauren Barth of Nourish Yoga.

The special class, which will take place outdoors as participants play with six baby goats and watch the sun begin to set, is one of a variety of just-for-fun yoga classes Barth offers as part of her new yoga-only studio based in Hermiston.

Nourish Yoga offers gentle yoga, Vinyasa flow, hot yoga, meditation, “broga” for men, kids’ yoga and a variety of other classes in Suite 202 of the Cornerstone Plaza, behind Kobe Hibachi Sushi. But Barth also likes to mix it up with special events like the goat yoga.

On June 17 at 3:30 p.m. Barth will offer a wine and yoga event at Echo Ridge Cellars in Echo. She said she moved the event earlier in the day to encourage people to go check out the food and artists at the Echo Open Air Market afterward. She is also offering free yoga at Riverfront Park in Hermiston at 7 a.m. this Saturday.

Barth said she first got into yoga when her high school offered a class, and continued with classes through college and adulthood, eventually earning her teaching certification and becoming an instructor. She opened her own studio in January.

She said she also has an extensive background in martial arts and enjoys how perfectly the two disciplines fit together.

“I love the yin and the yang,” she said.

She said yoga can help with balance, strength, flexibility, focus, sleep, stress management and can even help combat anxiety and depression.

If people want to introduce their children to yoga, Barth is offering classes at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on May 26 in her studio, targeted toward children ages 3 to 10. The fee will be by donation only, and 100 percent of funds donated to the two classes will benefit the Made to Thrive nonprofit that helps low-income Hermiston students participate in sports teams.

“Twenty-five kids came last time,” she said.

She said all of her classes are “beginner-friendly” and she’s always happy to take requests for new times or types of classes.

For a full schedule of class offerings, pricing, event sign-ups and other information, visit www.nourishwholeyoga.com or follow Nourish Yoga on Facebook.

Barth is borrowing goats from a friend for the event on May 25, and said spaces in the class are filling up fast.

“Baby goats only stay baby goats for so long,” she said, “so I don’t know how long I’ll be able to offer that.”


Contact Jade McDowell at jmcdowell@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4536.


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