With the popularity of Goat Yoga, and other forms of animal yoga, it wouldn’t be long before more teachers started introducing other kinds of farm animals into yoga classes. Beth A. Wolfe, a teacher from DC, USA, started selling tickets for Chicken Yoga – a different kind of yoga experience that will take place on a farm in Clifton, Virginia.
Unlike at a Goat Yoga class, the chicken won’t be allowed to wander underfoot while participants do their asana. Instead, the class will take place surrounding the chicken pen, after which, they will be allowed to enter when Savasana is over to meet-and-greet with the clucky onlookers.
The first Chicken Yoga class is scheduled on Sept. 16 at 5:30 pm, although ticket-holders are encouraged to arrive hours early (at 3:30 pm) to tour the farm, go on a hay ride, or take a nature stroll along the trails around the property. Participants may also shop for fresh produce at the local farmer’s market.
In case of bad weather, a rain date for the class is scheduled on Oct. 8, also at 5:30 pm.
Whitewall Farm, where the Chicken Yoga classes will be held, is owned by Nadine Vazquez and Jeff Waters. It is a working, educational farm that offers field trips and group educational opportunities to schools and parent-child programs. They use sustainable growing methods, minimize the use of genetically modified seeds and products, and practice animal husbandry that avoid unnecessary medications inhumane conditions.
They also house a number of rescue animals including Gabby, the farm dog, and Slick and Fionna, two rescue horses who now live happily at Whitehall.
Tickets must be purchased ahead of time via Eventbrite and will not be available on-site. Participants should bring their own yoga mats to the Chicken Yoga class.
Wolfe offers a variety of unique experience yoga classes which she feels appeals to a wider variety of people than typical studio classes. In addition to this all new Chicken Yoga class, she also leads Goat Yoga at other local farms and Kitten Yoga at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, and even a Yin and Gin which combines an all-levels yoga class with house made gin and non-alchoholic options for non-drinkers.