Yoga with Goats

If you enjoy exercise or yoga practice in a playful and meaningful way, then Yoga with Goats classes at Returning Home Farm in Verona, PA are for you! And for everyone else – all ages, all bodies, all skill levels (including no skill).

If you’ve ever said “I’m not flexible enough to practice yoga,” or “I’m way too laid back for yoga,” or “I am not laid back enough for yoga,” those are three great reasons for practicing yoga with goats.

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Schedule

Yoga with Goats 2022 season

All students must sign up in advance to attend Yoga With Goats classes at Returning Home Farm.

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All classes are one hour on Saturdays, but not always at the same time, and not every week. Please read this schedule carefully!  Classes will be added to this schedule through October 2022, so check back often. 

DateTimeClassTeacher
Saturday 05/21/22 10:00am YogaNuvo Flow Myrna
Saturday 05/28/22 10:00am Yoga For All Aimee
Saturday 06/04/22 10:00am Kundalini Moni
Saturday 06/11/22 10:00am YogaNuvo flow Myrna
Saturday 06/18/22 10:00am Yin Yoga Kate
Saturday 06/25/22 10:00am Yoga For All Aimee

Classes

Need to know

Sign up: Everyone must register in advance for each class, and sign a release form once per calendar year.  

Cost: All classes are $20, or $15 for plot owners at Penn Forest Natural Burial Park,  $10 for children 14 and under.  Pay on arrival. Cash only, please. Correct change if possible.        Private group pricing available on request. 

Schedule: Classes are on Saturdays, but not every week or always at the same time – please read the schedule page carefully! All classes are one hour with a half-hour afterward to mingle with the animals or for a tour of Penn Forest Natural Burial Park.

What to bring: Bring a face mask and a mat. We practice outside in the barnyard and there is very little shade. Wear sunscreen and a hat, and bring plenty of water!

What to wear: Dress in loose or stretchy clothing that you don’t mind getting hay all over (also, the goats aren’t house trained)

Where it’s at: For GPS, use 227 Kansas Street, Verona PA 15147. Enter at the wide gate on Return Road opposite the big wooden farm sign. Please park in the Penn Forest Burial Ground parking lot – not by the neighbors’ homes! Check this page for a map.

Cancellation: Classes will be cancelled if it’s raining. We will notify you at the email you register with of any cancellation due to weather by 8 a.m. that day.

Covid-19 precautions

Masks are optional for our fully vaccinated guests. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you please wear a face covering.

Social distancing: Mats must be set up at least six feet apart from anyone else, except for people who live in the same household. We strongly recommend bringing your own mat, although we do have a few loaner mats available. We also have disinfectant wipes

Screening: Do not come to the farm if you have a fever, new onset of unexplained cough,  shortness of breath, or lack of smell/taste; or if you are at high risk of complications from covid-19 or live with someone who is.

Class descriptions

Kundalini: Kundalini yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras, such as Sat Nam, meaning “truth is my identity.” The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness.

Yin Yoga: A slow-paced style of yoga as exercise, incorporating principles of traditional Chinese medicine with postures that are held for longer periods of time than in other styles. Yin Yoga poses puts focus on the connective tissues of the body — the tendons, fasciae and ligaments– with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.

Yoga For All: Yoga For All is based in the Ashtanga tradition and provides multiple options for poses to make them accessible to everyone regardless of previous yoga experience or physical ability. The options offered for poses allow the person to make the best choice for him/herself in that moment.

YogaNuvo Flow: YogaNuvo has a goal to make fitness options available to people of all physical abilities. Even if you never exercised before, are uncomfortable with your body image, or have limited flexibility, this training is for you. If you want to experience the well-documented health benefits of yoga, including muscle strength, balance, bone density, flexibility, improved posture and circulation, not to mention the feeling of well-being known as “bliss,” give this class a try. You may even begin to experience more deep and refreshing sleep. This flow is based in Hatha yoga, but includes movements inspired by pilates, bellydancing, calisthenics and more.

Teachers

Myrna (YogaNuvo Flow)

Myrna took her very first yoga class in 2002 and it was love at first body twist. She began training immediately, becoming certified to teach in 2004 by the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. Having led group fitness classes at the YMCA for several years, the shift to yoga was seamless.  She since has taught groups, workshops and special events in Western Pennsylvania. She is also is now a NETA certified Personal Fitness Trainer.

YogaNuvo was born when she became aware of a need for affordable, alternative and gentle physical fitness options in the community. Having taken classes in belly dance, Pilates, tai chi and hula hooping (believe it), she began to fuse these disciplines into her yoga classes and formed YogaNuvo with its signature flow.  Her goal is for each yogi to learn to adapt and customize each pose to fit their own bodies, to promote a positive, uplifting and sustainable experience and to have a balanced lifelong fitness plan.

Moni (Kundalini)

Moni Wesner started her yogic journey in 1996 at Omega with a weeklong course on Mindfulness Meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. This led to a daily practice of meditation and gentle Hatha Yoga. At age 60 she wanted to find a way to become a healthy and happy old woman. In the following years she studied more Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga with nationally known teachers at Omega each summer. 

In 2001 she found her true teacher, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. As a retired physician the ancient and pure teachings made perfect sense to her as all aspects of it can be explained by modern science. She became a teacher in 2005, just to learn more about the science and art of Kundalini Yoga for her personal reasons. Once she was certified as a teacher by the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association, students appeared and she has taught students of all ages and all abilities ever since.  In her words – as long as we can breathe, we can practice yoga.

In her classes the experienced yogi or athlete and the very beginner have a meaningful experience. Kundalini Yoga creates a sense of good health by strengthening and balancing the nervous system and glandular system. It energizes the body, calms the mind and nourishes the soul. Moni considers herself the best advertisement of Kundalini Yoga – 24 years later she is indeed a happy,  healthy,  drug free  old woman!

Aimee (Yoga For All)

Aimee first tried yoga in her early fifties and has practiced consistently since. She sees the mental and emotional benefits of regular practice in life off the yoga mat.  She practiced the physically demanding Ashtanga tradition.  She began teaching yoga in a drug rehab program but noticed many of the poses were too difficult.  Aimee completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2021 at Be Yoga, Oakmont.  She now teaches using multiple options for poses to make yoga accessible and fun for everyone, using mindfulness strategies to promote better physical and mental health.  She uses yoga as a strategy to heal from trauma and grief.  Aimee spends her free time with her own yoga practice and hanging out with a house full of rescue pets.

Kate (Yin Yoga)

I flirted with yoga for a dozen years, but didn’t believe it had any benefits beyond physical exercise until committing to regular practice in 2007.  To my surprise, the mental and spiritual benefits of a quieter mind and a more open heart began to reveal themselves, inviting me to explore why yoga works so much better than antidepressants.  While leading yoga classes, I’m mindful that I’m merely a conduit; the teacher is yoga, as it illuminates the awareness and compassion that is already within you.  I completed my foundational teacher training at Wake Up Yoga with Corina Benner in May 2010, and Yin teacher training with Daniel Shankin in May 2011.

Returning Home Farm

Returning Home Farm is an extension of Penn Forest Natural Burial Park that provides model projects in sustainability. Penn Forest owns 35 acres of land in the Penn Hills/Verona area, but only about two acres are currently used for green burials. Another ten acres are set aside as a wildlife refuge area. That leaves about 23 acres that can be used for other sustainability projects that benefit the community.

Ongoing projects include:

  • Raising goats for clearing brush in burial areas
  • Raising chickens and ducks for eggs (we share extras with visitors)
  • Beehives
  • Hiking trails
  • Tree/shrub planting for forest restoration
  • A quarter acre native PA meadow restoration project
  • A Hügelkultur garden
  • A sally garden to grow willow for baskets (and maybe coffins)

Planned & hopeful future projects include:

  • Expanded wellness classes and activities for every body
  • A hoop greenhouse for raising tea
  • A berry garden
  • A mushroom walk trail
  • An artist residency
  • A center for events, classes and trainings central to life and death

We are always open to additional sustainability projects. If you’d like to bring your project to RHF, please tell us about your idea.