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NamastHay = Yoga with Goats

Goats and yogis get together to help local humane charities!

So what IS NamastHay Goat Yoga of Pittsburgh? It's outdoor yoga, with goats meandering around participants as we practice, doing their goatie thing. There are young goats, pygmy goats, and a few full-size working goats in the herd.

NamastHay offers a peaceful outdoor experience with mindful yoga poses, guided relaxation, and playful animal interaction.

NamastHay's home field is Potential Farm near Nevillewood. And sometimes the goats take their "down dog and pony show" on the road, travelling to different locations. For example, in 2018, they visited Seven Springs and the Wigle Whiskey Garden. A portion of each NamastHay class's ticket proceeds always benefits a local humane charity.

Have U Herd Goatscaping and Jen's Yoga Zen are pleased to announce the following dates and benefiting charities for our 2019 public NamastHay classes:

NamastHay events at our home field (Potential Farm in Presto, PA)

Saturday, 9/21 at 2:00 PM - NamastHay to benefit Pigsburgh Squealers Rescue

Saturday, 10/19 at 2:00 PM - NamastHay to benefit Guardian Angels Pug Rescue

NamastHay on the road:

Sunday, 6/30 at 11:00 AM - Waterside NamastHay at Duke & Lola's Cafe (Mercer, PA)

Sunday, 7/14 at 11:00 AM - Waterside NamastHay at Duke & Lola's Cafe (Mercer, PA)

Saturday, 7/27 at 12:30 PM - NamastHay at the Southside Park GoatFest (South Side)

Sunday, 8/11 at 11:00 AM - Waterside NamastHay at Duke & Lola's Cafe (Mercer, PA)

Saturday, 9/7 at 12:30 PM - NamastHay at the Wall Rose Club (Baden)

Sunday, 9/8 at 11:00 AM - Waterside NamastHay at Duke & Lola's Cafe (Mercer, PA)

The events in Mercer will benefit the Humane Society of Mercer County; on the South Side, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Friends of the South Side Park; and at the Wall Rose Club, we will donate a portion of the ticket proceeds to the Beaver County Humane Society.

Space is limited, and tickets are available through Eventbrite . Children from age 4-10 are free with adult admission.

"We love to partner with like-minded, animal-loving local shelters and rescue groups. We are pleased to support the good work that 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. "Our first pygmy goats, Hagrid and Hermione, made their debuts at our September 2017 NamastHay. They were a big hit with the yogis! We've added several more pygmies and we were blessed with four baby goats this spring." Recently,several more pygmies have joined the herd and they are always favorites with attendees!

Previous NamastHay classes have benefitted the Washington Area Humane Society, Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary, the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, Animal Friends, the Beaver County Humane Society, FurKid Rescue, South Hills Pet Rescue, Angel Ridge, South Hills Pet Rescue. the Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Center, Two Ladies Four Paws Rescue, and Hello Bully. So far, NamastHay has raised $8,000 for these humane charities.

And, the NamastHay herd is available for private goat yoga events. They recently hosted a 20-person class composed of a bride-to-be, her bridesmaids, her mom, and other close friends, who made the drive all the way from Punxsutawney! Another group scheduled for a private NamastHay is a group of coworkers from a local salon.

At NamastHay,our mantra is: Breathe, bleat, relax, repeat!

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