A goat walks between yoga mats during the first goat yoga class in Dallas on June 16, 2017.

A goat walks between yoga mats during the first goat yoga class in Dallas on June 16, 2017.

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Experts say the benefits of yoga reach far and wide, from increased flexibility and muscle cultivation to regulated blood pressure and a health-focused lifestyle. While there's no undermining the importance of the practice's meditative aspects, there is something to be said just about how fun it is — especially when you add cute animals to the mix.

Goat yoga is all the rage right now in the U.S. and it's not difficult to see why. These outdoor classes are similar to ones in a studio, except that yogis share their space with a flock of of adorable goats. The trend has popped up everywhere from Arizona to Massachusetts; one program in Oregon is so popular there's a 1,200-person waiting list.

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Dallas-Fort Worth, too, has finally jumped on the bandwagon. Friday night, locals gathered at the Eastbound and Down Icehouse near downtown Dallas for some stretching and snuggling with pygmy goats. A teacher with Deep Ellum Yoga led an all-level flow in the bar's fenced-in dog park, with poses that purposefully worked participants toward the ground so they could pet the animals. After all, that's why they were there.

During some poses, goat handlers would bring the animals around and set them on people's backs or legs so they could snap an Instagram-worthy photo. The class was a quick 30 minutes, too, so everyone had a chance to feed the goats and get a new profile pic.

If goat yoga sounds a bit gimmicky, rest assured it is. 

Goat yoga is more like a petting zoo with optional yoga than a serious class, but there's really no shame in that.

Those looking for an exercise in mindfulness will relish in the pure joy the animals bring to the experience. Seriously, just try not to smile:

North Texans will have more opportunities to try goat yoga in the future. The City of Grapevine is hosting classes on June 17 and 24 at the local Nash Farms ($20) and Deep Ellum Yoga plans to schedule more events in the coming months. These classes sell out quickly, so follow both organizers on social media to stay up to date.

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