NamastHay Goat Yoga of Pittsburgh
NamastHay Goat Yoga of Pittsburgh™ is held at Potential Farm in Pittsburgh’s South Hills, near Nevillewood. Each NamastHay class involves a peaceful outdoor yoga class in beautiful surroundings, including a herd of 20-30 goats who interact with participants. A portion of each NamastHay class’s ticket proceeds benefits a local humane charity.
In total, four public classes are planned for 2018; the final two classes will be held in the fall.
NamastHay Goat Yoga of Pittsburgh™ is a partnership between Have U Herd Goatscaping - a local goat grazing landscaping company - and Jen’s Yoga Zen - a local yoga instructor, Jen Stratakis, E-RYT 500.
The first two dates and benefiting charities for 2018 public NamastHay Goat Yoga classes are:
May 19 – Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Center (Verona, PA)
June 2 – Beaver County Humane Society (Center Township, PA)
“We love to partner with like-minded, animal-loving local shelters and rescue groups. We are pleased to support the good work they do,” noted Jen Stratakis, the event’s yoga instructor. “All levels of yoga students are welcome at NamastHay,” she continued, “even completely new yogis!”
The NamastHay goats are part of the herd at Have U Herd Goatscaping, a local company that offers an environmentally-friendly method of property clearing, weed removal, and fire risk mitigation; all fueled by goats. “People love the goats! They get to pet them, feed them, and snap pics with them,” said Rainy Laux, owner of Have U Herd. “We have two pygmy goats, Hagrid and Hermione, who made their debuts at our September 2017 NamastHay. They were a big hit with the yogis! This Spring, we added four more pygmy goats to the herd and have a number of baby goats, so it’s very exciting!”
Previous NamastHay classes have benefitted the Washington Area Humane Society, Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary, the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, and Animal Friends. So far, NamastHay has raised nearly $2,500 for these humane charities. Our Spring 2018 NamastHay events are expected to raise another $2,000 for other local humane groups.
For the public events, space is limited, and tickets go on sale through Eventbrite 5-6 weeks prior to each event date. Tickets are $20 each; children from age 4-10 are free with adult admission.