By Christa Peressini

(Photo from Namaaste Goat Yoga, used with permission.)

Looking to shake up your workout routine a bit? Hoping to relieve stress and anxiety? Maybe just want to pet a goat? Look no further than Bucks County, PA, where some fun exercise trends can offer you all that and then some.

We can all agree that 2020 has thrown us some curve balls. Staying active is especially important now more than ever, for both our physical AND mental health. In times like these, just changing up something simple, like a workout routine, can help us get out of a rut and feel better. And couldn’t we all use a little more fun in our lives? Of course we could! There’s never been a better time to try goat yoga!

Goat Yoga

Goat yoga is exactly what it sounds like – yoga practiced in the presence of live, usually baby or miniature, goats. Yes, the goats are adorable, yes, they will climb all over you, and yes, you will have a hard time holding a plank when you’re laughing that hard. Goat yoga is a very popular trend lately, and luckily Bucks County has a couple places to try it out!

Goat Yoga at Hellerick's Family Farm in Doylestown (Photo used with permission.)

Hellerick’s Family Farm in Doylestown

Hellerick's offers 1-hour goat yoga sessions on Friday nights and Saturday and Sunday mornings. You can even have a private goat yoga party. (Plus, they're now offering “The Goat Experience” for those that want to skip the yoga but still interact with the goats.)

Namaaaste Goat Yoga in Pipersville and LBI

According to Namaaaste, “goat yoga offers the many therapeutic benefits of animal and laughter therapy in a feel good, fun yoga class.” They offer classes at a variety of locations including Smith's Corner Farm in Pipersville. They'll even bring the goats to you for private events! Looking for a creative bachelorette party – try goat yoga!

Sunflower Yoga

Hellerick’s Family Farm in Doylestown

 Hellerick’s also offers an hour-long yoga class located in a huge field of beautiful sunflowers.  According to Hellerick’s, “you will experience serenity and bliss as you rejuvenate and relax in peaceful natural beauty.” The class is taught by a certified fitness instructor and is open to all levels.

Outdoor Gym Classes

After doing indoor, online workouts all spring, outdoor fitness classes can provide a nice change of pace this summer. Many gyms and fitness studios have begun offering classes outside, offering social distancing without social isolation.

 Witt Pilates in Yardley

Witt Pilates is a repeat Happening List Winner offering outdoor, indoor and virtual classes. So whatever your comfort level, they've got you covered. The studio offers Pilates, Barre, Bootcamp and Stretch classes. And your first class is free!

 

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Prancing Peacock Yoga Studio in Yardley

Prancing Peacock in our 2020 Happening List Winner for Yoga. This summer, they're offering a variety of class options so you can choose between intimate and spacious in-studio classes, outdoor yoga, live stream and On Demand.

They have an absolutely beautiful outdoor space, so it the yoga isn't enough to relax you, the view certainly will!

The Solebury Club in Buckingham

Been missing your spin sweat sessions? Spin classes have been very popular in fitness for years. Thanks to COVID-19, many gyms are now moving them outside. Sure, they may be sweatier, but there’s nothing like those refreshing breezes and bright skies overhead to put you in a sunny frame of mind. The Solebury Club’s website describes them as “high-intensity cycling workouts suitable for all levels of fitness.”

Pace Fitness and Wellness offering pop up classes in various Bucks County locations 

Grab a water bottle, towel, and a set of light free weights and meet up for Pace’s “Fitness in the Park” workout series, being offered at various locations all summer long. Described as a “fun, safe, effective workout for all ages and all levels of fitness,” you’re guaranteed to smile while you sweat.

Remix Fitness in Horsham

Tabata, barre, bootcamp, cardio-sculpt fusion workouts, and spin are all offered right out front of Remix’s studio, and bonus – your first class is free!

Yoga Wine Tasting

What could be better? If an invigorating yoga session overlooking a beautiful vineyard, followed by brunch and wine tasting sounds good to you, you’ll want to check out Crossings Vineyard’s “Yoga and Mimosas” classes.

 

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Crossing Vineyards and Winery in Newtown

As they say, “come for the yoga, namaste for the wine.”

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