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Photos and video: Relaxing and recharging at Duluth Goat Yoga

Angela Abernathy is the owner of Duluth Goat Yoga at 1798 Hegberg Road. These unique classes allow for people to battle stress, find their center and leave with a smile after spending time with 25 friendly goats.

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Cara McClincy of Hermantown looks down at a goat she held during a session at Duluth Goat Yoga on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
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Angela Abernathy started Duluth Goat Yoga two years ago after watching a show where an actress talked about a new fitness trend. That trend was goat yoga. Abernathy was inspired and utilizes an outdoor area on her property at 1798 Hegberg Road to hold classes.

"I'm still surprised when people ask me what exactly is goat yoga," Abernathy said. "They think that the goats are doing the yoga, but actually people are doing the yoga."

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Natalie Netzel of St. Paul, left, holds her daughter Zella Warren-Netzel, 3, of St. Paul and a goat during a session at Duluth Goat Yoga on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

That doesn't stop any of her 25 goats from participating. In fact, it's part of the fun, as goats roam around, stroll between legs and even jump onto a person's back.

"During a tabletop position or during downward dog, they will hop on you."

What are the goats like?

"Very food-motivated and their temperament is a mix between a dog and a cat. They're friendly and food-motivated. But, cats have a mind of their own too and so do the goats."

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Traci Nindorf of Superior, left, and Rachel Kontny of Superior pet multiple goats who approached them before a session at Duluth Goat Yoga on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

These unique classes allow for people to battle stress, find their center and leave with a smile after spending time with the goats.

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"The classes are yoga-optional. Some people just sit there and hold a goat and take pictures," Abernathy said. “What I hope for people is just to help them connect to the present. A lot of people leave feeling refreshed and lighter and that is the biggest payback for me. Just seeing how happy it makes people and that their tummies are sore from laughing so much.”

To sign up for a class at Duluth Goat Yoga, visit duluthgoatyoga.com . They are also on Facebook and Instagram.

Dan Williamson joined the Duluth News Tribune in June 2021 where he's involved in digital content such as video, photos and podcasts. Previously, he worked in television broadcasting as a Sports Director/Anchor at WDIO-TV in Duluth, Sports Director/Anchor in Bismarck, N.D., News and Sports Anchor at KSAX-TV in Alexandria, and Reporter/Photographer/Editor with the syndicated show "Life to the Max" in Eden Prairie. He was also the Development Director for the Duluth Salvation Army. Williamson grew up in Alexandria, graduated from St. Cloud State University and has lived in Duluth since 2012.
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