Animals Don't Belong in Your Workout Class

I'm in downward dog on a tarp laid over the dirt floor of a barn, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is blaring, a baby is crying, there's a goat in a Superman costume, and I'm almost positive there's some sort of animal shit smeared on my yoga mat. This is a far cry from my usual yoga studio: a clean, quiet sanctuary that doesn't smell of goat pee.

But right now I'm at Full Circle Ranch, located in a small southern Ontario town, and I've never been more distracted or less relaxed in a yoga class in my life. The atmosphere is pure chaos. The ranch, owned by Morrigan Reilly-Ansons, offers a variety of animal-assisted therapies and, as of spring 2017, a Wednesday evening goat yoga class…

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Misha Gajewski