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NYC goat yoga reportedly cancelled due to health department concerns.

You’ve goat to be kidding. Goat yoga — the trendy workout that combines sun salutations and barnyard animals — was supposed to land in Bushwick this week with pop-up classes from the South New Berlin, NY-based NY Goat Yoga. But two days before the first class, organizers informed ticket-holders in an email that the pop-up...
Time: 09:49     Date: 16.04.2018
US Living News: NYC goat yoga reportedly cancelled due to health department concerns. NY Post 24 - US News

Goat yoga — the trendy workout that combines sun salutations and barnyard animals — was supposed to land in Bushwick this week with pop-up classes from the South New Berlin, NY-based NY Goat Yoga.

But two days before the first class, organizers informed ticket-holders in an email that the pop-up had been cancelled due to permit complications.

“After weeks of communication and brainstorming, we feel that the concept of goat yoga is just not possible within the laws of the city at this time,” the organizers write in the email.

The $40-class, slated at a warehouse-like space at 74 Ingraham St., would have been the first of its kind in New York City. All ticketholders were refunded.

Goat yoga was created in Oregon two years ago as a type of animal therapy. Since then, more than 200 similar offerings have cropped up around the country, including at Gilbertsville Farmhouse, the company that operates NY Goat Yoga. Last year, they began offering their 45-minute classes (and three-day yoga retreats) at their farm, about three-and-a-half hours from the city.

The farmhouse had planned to drive eight of their goats — including four month-old newcomers named after “Grease” characters — into New York City every week for the classes.

Goats are not permitted to stay in any city building, according to city regulations. But Sharon Boustani, the owner of NY Goat Yoga told The Post last week that the health department was open to evaluating goat-related pleas on a “case-by-case basis.” During that interview, Boustani said that her company had arranged for the goats to be considered an exhibit, which is permissible.

The biggest permit hurdle, Boustani said, was allowing the goats to roam freely during classes. She was working with the department of health to allow the goats to mingle among the yogis, but it appears that plan fell through.

“If we moved forward, the classes would be a disappointment to our customers and would not be anything remotely close to a goat yoga experience,” the email says.

The Post has reached out to the city’s Department of Health for comment.

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