It's almost like 2020 was designed to see just how long we can teeter on the edge of sanity before pulling a Humpty Dumpty. 

If you're yelling "Amen, sister" know that you're not alone. COVID-19 came in like a wrecking ball and forced many of us into some manifestation of the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, despair and acceptance. Whether triggered by a canceled event, job loss or death of a loved one, those are a lot of feelings to process.

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One of the best ways you can reduce the stress is to engage in some self-care that allows you to unplug for a little while. My favorite way to do that is through exercise. Not only does working out give you a much needed break from the negativity on social media, it also helps you release tension, pain and stress that comes with grief.

Yoga is already a perfect exercise for managing those feelings, but you know what makes it even better? Doing outdoor yoga while adorable goats prance around the yard!

Yes, goat yoga is actually a thing and yes, it actually exists in Boise! Led by Emily Nielsen, Boise Goat Yoga combines vinyasa flow yoga with snuggles from seven of her adorable goat friends. If you check out their Instagram page, you'll see that it's not uncommon for the goats to wander over to check on you while you're in child's pose, hop on your back in plank pose or offer you the perfect pose for a goat selfie that's so silly that you can't help but giggle.

Each class starts with your choice of warm herbal tea or cucumber water and ends with you getting to feed the goats, get some great photos and collect farm-fresh eggs from Nielsen's chicken coop.

Right now, classes are limited to just twenty people to allow people to spread out over the 1/4 acre property and maintain distance from participants no part of your household. Boise Goat Yoga has other COVID-19 safety protocols in place too!

2020's been a kick in the pants. We all deserve to unwind and laugh a little. We honestly can't think of a better way to do that than by doing yoga with some cute goatie goats! You next chance to try a community class is coming up on August 26!

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