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Baby Goat Yoga at Chapel Hill Carriage House Farm & Gardens

Watch a promotional video for Baby Goat Yoga at Chapel Hill Carriage House Farm & Gardens.

Watch a promotional video for Baby Goat Yoga at Chapel Hill Carriage House Farm & Gardens.

Have yoga mat, will travel.

That seems to be the motto these days as yoga is held in planetariums, breweries, even with kittens and goats.

These places test the limits of where you can do yoga — or what you can do yoga with. We scoured spots in the Triangle hosting yoga in nontraditional ways. Here are our favorites.

Yoga experiences

Outdoor Art-Inspired Yoga

North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

April 24, 5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m.

Art and nature combine in this longer class for those of you who want to challenge your flexible stamina. The 75-minute long vinyasa-style class is given in appreciation of the arts outside of the museum. In the event of rain, the class will be held in the gallery. This class is $15 for non-members. Look for yoga to be held occasionally in the gallery.

Yoga in the Museum Spring Series

City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh.

May 4, 11 and 25, 11:30 a.m.

OK, maybe this is our favorite because it is free, but it also is in a beautiful museum. The spring series allows history buffs and yoga enthusiasts to come together. Classes are first-come first-serve. Bring your own mat and water bottle.

Yoga Under The Stars

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, 250 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

April 24, May 1, 6 p.m.

Participants head to the Morehead’s GlaxoSmithKline Full Dome Theater for a relaxing yoga class under galaxies of stars. Instructors come from Carrboro Yoga Co., and no experience is necessary. We challenge you to find the Big Dipper while doing your Upward Dog pose. Participants are asked to bring their own mat and arrive 15 minutes early. $20 per person.

Yoga at Dix Park

Williams Field at Dix Park, corner of Blair Drive and Umstead Drive

Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Two types of classes are offered at Dorothea Dix Park with certified yoga instructor Dana Lindquist. All levels are welcome. Gentle flow yoga is the first and third Wednesdays. Meditative, deep stretch yoga is the second and fourth Wednesdays. Bring your own mat, a towel and filled water bottle. Free, but registration is strongly encouraged.

Yoga in the Garden

Gregg Museum of Art & Design, 1903 Hillsborough St., Raleigh

June 13, 6 p.m.

The free yoga class will be in the Jackson-Thiem Pollinator Garden, led by instructors with Alexander Family YMCA. Bring a mat and water. Bonus class: On July 11 at 6 p.m. try Tai Chi in the garden.

Yoga with pets

Yoga with your dog

Woofinwaggle, 8471 Garvey Drive, Raleigh.

Tuesdays through April 30. 6:45 p.m.

Dog parents can bring their pets to fitness classes at Woofinwaggle. The goal is to encourage the human-dog bond through happy yoga. There is no judgment in this area, according to the website. It’s OK if your dog barks or is overexcited. No experience is necessary for humans or their dogs. Bring your own dog as well as a mat, so it may be a bit awkward if you showed up without those. Dogs must be attached to participants with a belt or runner’s leash. $20 a person.

A puppy from Lucky 7 Dog Rescue sits on a participant in a Yoga With Puppies class at Gather on Broadway on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 in Green Bay, Wis. The Post-Crescent via AP Adam Wesley

Cats on Mats Yoga Night

For all you crazy cat people, this kind of sounds like your jam. For $15 a session, a professional yoga instructor will teach yoga with cats, which roughly translates to 40 minutes of yoga and 20 minutes of “kitten cuddles time.” The Purr Cup Cafe hosts yoga with cats once a month, often at AniMall Pet Adoption and Outreach Center in Cary.

“There are lots of laughs in kitty yoga,” said Sarah Newton from Purr Cup Cafe. “Cats are so unpredictable; they do some wild things. It’s also a really fun way to meet other cat lovers.” Future dates haven’t been announced. Go to for updates.

Claire Fleming, 9, center, cradles a baby goat at Hux Family Farm in Durham on June 29, 2017. Fleming attended day camp at the farm which included playtime and yoga with the goats as well as helping care for the goats. Juli Leonard [email protected]

Yoga with goats

Hux Family Farm Goat Yoga

1923 Shaw Road, Durham

This farm has 15 Nigerian Dwarf Goats of different ages and they provide many classes. They encourage people to bring their own fruit to feed the animals and to stay after the classes and enjoy cuddles and play time with the animals. They have goats, sheep, rabbits and a dog. What a time to be a goat farm, right? Classes are every Saturday and Sunday at varying times and costs. The farm offers therapeutic yoga, gentle goat yoga with meditation, a class with a goat cheese tasting as well as private and group classes. See for details.

Baby Goat Yoga

Spring Haven Farm, 5306 Homer Ruffin Road, Chapel Hill.

This farm brings goat yoga to next-level cuteness by only allowing baby goats. They have a Goat Yoga Studio specifically made for these classes. The goats are known to hop on your back when you are laying down and interact fully throughout the yoga class. No experience is necessary. No classes scheduled. Check for updates.

Boozy Yoga

Crank Arm Yoga

Crank Arm Brewery, 319 W. Davie St., Raleigh.

Sundays, 10:45 a.m. to 12 noon

This yoga class combines three of our favorites: fitness, beer and philanthropy. For $12, you get a yoga class and a 9-ounce beer with $2 going to Triangle Spokes Group, which provides bicycles for children in need.

Plank and Drank

Clouds Brewing Co., 1233 Front St., Raleigh

Sundays, 11 a.m.

Yoga class and a drink are $10. Need we say more? Drinks are limited to a mimosa, beermosa or a pint of your choosing.

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In this Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, Reed Patterson practices yoga next to a beer at the Platform Beer Co., in Cleveland. Craft breweries are partnering up with yoga studios around the country as more breweries are hosting classes to attract a new crowd to the bars and yoga studios are using the beer to get more men to try yoga. Tony Dejak AP

Beer with Yoga

Trophy on Maywood, 656 Maywood Ave., Raleigh.

Every other Sunday, Next class April 28, 11:30 a.m.

Classes are a suggested donation of $12 and include a beer. If you prefer to go beer-free, pay what you can.

Yoga and Cider

Bull City Ciderworks, 305 S. Roxboro St., Durham

Sundays, 10:45 a.m.

Classes are $12 and include a cider or cider-mosa. No reservations necessary, but a 10:30 a.m. arrival is suggested. The instructor is from La Vita Yoga.

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