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Arizona instructor's 'Goat Yoga' classes selling out quickly

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Ben Hooper
A goat stands on the back of a woman practicing Goat Yoga in Arizona. Screenshot: The Arizona Republic
A goat stands on the back of a woman practicing Goat Yoga in Arizona. Screenshot: The Arizona Republic

GILBERT, Ariz., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- An Arizona yoga instructor said her classes have regularly sold out thanks to her unique twist on the fitness routine -- "Goat Yoga" assisted by actual live goats.

April Gould, 38, a self-proclaimed "Goat Whisperer" and a former contestant on NBC's American Ninja Warrior, said she didn't expect when she started offering the classes that she and business partner Sarah Williams would be leading sold-out crowds of 60 people in yoga poses with help from the eight goats on her farm near Gilbert.

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"I kind of thought it was going to be a fun, trendy, kind of goofy thing, but I didn't expect to have this kind of response," Gould told the Arizona Republic. "I love the people that come. I feel like it's just a big party and everyone leaves so happy."

The goats walk among the students as they practice their yoga poses and occasionally even climb on top of yogis when their torsos are flat.

"Usually people that come don't really know each other. They might come with one or two people they know, but everyone leaves laughing and happy and smiling," Gould said. "I think we're just bringing the community together."

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Gould said the hour-long classes cost students $10. Wannabe Goat Yoga practitioners can sign up for the classes at azgoatyoga.com.

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