Downward dog gets the goat treatment at girls’ soccer practice


Elizabeth Mokler

With goats on their backs, senior soccer players Mikayla Durham and Avery Young hold a high plank position during the team's alternative to practice.

Forgoing soccer balls and practice, the girls’ soccer team spent Monday morning doing yoga with goats.

I was shocked, I didn’t even know that was a real thing,”

— senior Kassidi Brown

“I actually talked to Cissy Blaisure who works in the counseling office and she did this with her daughters I believe over Thanksgiving break,” head girls soccer coach Elizabeth Mokler said. “We were looking at pictures and laughing and it looked like a really fun time to do some bonding and make some good memories. The girls were totally surprised. They thought we were going to do a really hard workout and then we showed up and opened the gate and the goats ran out. They got to pet them and play with them and everyone had their own yoga mat. Tons of laughter, it was nonstop the entire time.”

Mokler didn’t tell the team what they were doing, but the players enjoyed the unique team bonding.

“I didn’t really know what to expect,” senior Kassidi Brown said. “I was shocked, I didn’t even know that was a real thing. It was a different way to do team bonding. We’ve done rope course, obstacle course like everyone does that kind of stuff for team building but nobody does goat yoga. Well we have a ton of freshman this year especially on varsity. We’re all new so it’s a good way to get to know each other. It was really fun, new, and interesting.”

I’ve never heard of goat yoga, I didn’t know it was a thing,”

— sophomore Sarah Ajiah

Adding a fun spin to regular yoga, Monday’s goat yoga was a relaxing change from soccer practice.  

“I was really weirded out and skeptical because I didn’t know what we were going to do with the goats but it ended up being pretty fun,” sophomore Sarah Ajiah said. “I’ve never heard of goat yoga, I didn’t know it was a thing. They ended up getting on our backs for some of the poses that we did. It was actually pretty fun. It was kind of chaotic at first. I think it would actually be fun to do with friends or a big group of people so it’s a new different experience that’s really cool.”