Step Aside, Goat Yoga: The Latest Farm Animal Workout Is…Chicken Yoga

Photograph courtesy Beth Wolfe.

Yes, you read that right. We thought we’d seen it all when goat yoga hit the Washington market, but boy, we were wrong.

Beth Wolfe, one of the DC-area yoga instructors who teaches goat yoga, is getting ready to introduce us to a new level of farm animal fun: chicken yoga. Set at Whitehall Farms in Clifton, Virginia, the chicken yoga class involves participants surrounding a chicken pen for the yoga session, then entering the pen afterwards for a little meet-and-greet with the birds. Unlike goat yoga, the chickens won’t be allowed to roam, so you don’t need to worry about them crawling over you during the class—which, while cute with goats, might be, um, scary with chickens.

While the chicken yoga session is slated for 5:30 PM on Saturday, September 16, ticket-holders are invited to show up to the farm a couple hours early, at 3:30 PM, to explore the farm. Participants can take a hay ride or stroll a nature trail on the property, pick pumpkins, or shop for fresh eggs and produce at the farm market.

If chicken yoga isn’t your thing, Wolfe also has more goat yoga coming up on the schedule, with classes at local farms on September 17 and October 7. And if you really prefer pets to farm animals, Wolfe is also teaching kitten yoga at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington on September 7 and 21.

For chicken yoga, participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats and to purchase tickets ahead of time, as no tickets will be available on-site. To register for the chicken yoga class, visit Eventbrite.

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.