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Fitness and Therapy Collide During AZ Goat Yoga
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Modern Map Art
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Winter Hometown Hunt: Phoenix Edition

Fitness and Therapy Collide During AZ Goat Yoga

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

I know what you guys must be thinking, ‘Goats? Yoga? Goats and yoga??’  Well, the answer is YES… Goat Yoga is a thing…and it’s quite truly amazing. The concept was created by friends – April Gould and Sarah Williams around September 2016. Sarah is the yogi, who has been teaching the art form for more than 20 years, and also owns Desert Paddleboards. April is the gal who owns the cutest goats around the Phoenix area. The friends were also on American Ninja Warrior, which was where April was proclaimed “Goat Whisperer.”

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

Sarah felt that a lot of people are actually intimidated by going to a normal yoga class (I know I am). So that’s why she first launched paddleboard yoga, and then teamed up with April to do the goat yoga. “We wanted to do something together. Since she does yoga and I have goats, it just made sense,” April said.

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

The goat yoga classes first started out at April’s house in Gilbert, but soon had to move venues, as the classes just started filling up. They moved their home base to a sprawling ranch about three miles away from April’s home. They feel it gives people a real Arizona experience, and it was same atmosphere as their first venue. The adult and baby goats are all emotional support certified, and they have been trained to specifically do yoga.

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

The morning of the class, I had been feeling kinda shitty (ain’t gonna lie), but as soon as I arrived at the sign-in table and walked into the gated pasture, my horrible mood instantly lifted. I mean, it’s normally not everyday that you come across a yoga class that involved any sort of animal. The other great part, is that they were all dressed up in the cutest little outfits. Sarah and April told me that the outfits were mostly made from grandmas living in the area. The idea to dress them up, came up during Halloween, when they were going to be on the news. The news segment got a glowing response. “Our goal is to make people happy, so to see a goat dressed up, makes people even more happy. So we just keep adding costumes, and people will bring us costumes. The Dollar Store loves us, ” the ladies explained.

We did the hour long class, with Sarah making hilarious jokes throughout. Folks- let me be honest in saying that I could barely concentrate on doing the actual yoga part, when there were goats jumping up on us, as we were in the downward dog position. We were all taking photos and just living in the moment. A girl even got asked to prom. What a great “prom-posal,” dont’cha think?!

The 40 minute trip to Gilbert was definitely worth it. Sarah and April are lovely and witty. The goats were incredibly cute and well-trained. It’s also not every day that you have a goat walking on your back, which actually felt like a nice mini massage.

“If you go to a yoga studio, you drive to a yoga studio… you have to drive in traffic and everything. But {for goat yoga} you kinda get out in nature, and you get to see animals and you get to see people having fun. It’s just a win-win all around.” – Sarah

“It brings the community together, and that’s a big part. We really want to make people happy, bring the community together, just get away from the daily stresses of life.” -April

“So many people that come, would never go to a yoga studio. This isn’t intimidating at all. Goats don’t judge, they just love.” -Sarah

“One thing that’s special about goat yoga is that we do all kinds of yoga. We do traditional, mandala, acro ; so it’s a very good way to get to do all kinds of yoga. It’s not just regular or hot yoga. You can also meditate.” -April

Classes are an hour, but you can come early and stay late if you want to hang out with the goats. Also, $12 a class ya’ll! Check out their website to sign up, and get other information on the classes that are life-changing.

Keep scrolling to see more pictures from the morning!

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

AZ Goat Yoga, Gilbert, Yoga, AZ, Goat

 

 

Modern Map Art

Modern Map Art, Phoenix map, home decor

Modern Map Art, Map of Phoenix, home decor, Phoenix map

Head over to Modern Map Art to get a clean and modern map of your favorite city or country. You can also use their handy customizer to create a custom map that best suits your needs. The company uses museum-quality, acid-free matte paper, which is fingerprint resistant. Everything is made and printed in Los Angeles. I chose a map of Phoenix in black and white, and chose a black frame for a minimalistic look .  These make great home decor gifts! Be sure to use my referral code when placing an order.

Winter Hometown Hunt: Phoenix Edition

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I might have just moved to Phoenix a mere eight months ago, but I feel like I’ve been attending my fair share of fun events and hitting up local establishments every chance I get. Here are some of my favorite events and local happenings that I’ve experienced, even in winter…

* Phoestivus is a yearly holiday market put on by Phoenix Public Open-Air Market. This past December, it featured over 130 local vendors- from crafts, handmade goods (soaps, home decor, clothing), to food and drinks. I met the Yeti, got my photo taken with Hipster Santa, and enjoyed food from the many food trucks that were available.

  • Phoestivus 2016

 

* Hiking. Ah yes…One of my absolute favorite things to do on a relatively warm and sunny day. I’ve done Camelback, Pietsewa Peak, Peralta to Freemont Saddle (and view of Weaver’s Needle), Wind Cave Trail, and Tom’s Thumb. I recommend hiking on a weekday, as weekends get pretty crowded (especially when the snowbirds are in town for the winter). Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, a hat, bottle water, phone, portable phone charger (if applicable), sunglasses, and maybe a journal. Have fun!

PHX Renews is a project put on by Keep Phoenix Beautiful and City of Phoenix Mayor Stanton to help transform vacant lots into community spaces. I recently visited the main space- located on Central and Indian School, and got an idea on how 15 acres was being put to use. The land is on lease, but visitors can come visit the community space from 7am – 6pm everyday to learn about sustainability, create and/or view art, grow plants/herbs/veggies, or just take a walk.

  • PHX RENews, urban garden, community space, Phoenix
  • PHX RENews, urban garden, community space, Phoenix

Farmers Markets. I literally live for farmers markets, especially after moving to Phoenix. I love being able to shop directly from the local farmers and vendors. I’ve tasted the best foods, such as local butter, bread, jam, honey, nuts, veggie lasagna, hummus, and lettuce. Granted, prices are a little higher, but I’d rather get better quality food. I’ve also felt an insane about of community, and have been building rapport amongst my favorite vendors. I highly suggest Phoenix Open-Air Market, Gilbert Farmers Market, and Uptown Farmers Market.

PHX Flea  is held bi-annually, every March and November, and features over 100 local vendors, as well as a variety of food trucks. Guests can shop anything from vintage, clothing, handmade; to art and plants.  It takes place in Downtown Phoenix, at historic Heritage Square.

What are your favorite things to do in your hometown?

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