RIDGEFIELD \u2014 Grow Wellness, an alternative therapy center on Ethan Allen Highway, this week held a unique yoga event with some friendly farm animals. As they moved through the motions, participants were accompanied by a group of giddy goats. \u201cGrow Wellness began orchestrating goat yoga at the beginning of this summer,\u201d CEO and founder Kathleen Kweskin said. \u201cWe were looking for a destination activity that would be safe and therapeutic (for students and) assist the transition of everyone gathering again and the world reopening. What we found, however, was so much more amazing than we had anticipated.\u201d Class registration filled up quickly once the event was posted, Kweskin said. \u201cThe funny thing is we didn\u2019t seek out goat yoga \u2014 goat yoga found us,\u201d she added. \u201cWe posted on the Ridgefield (Facebook) page looking for a location and met Kristen with Got Your Goat in the comments. People saw the interaction and began to call our front desk looking for goat yoga, saying they wanted to sign up. So we had the yoga, we had the goats, and then it came down to finding a location because our yoga studio is indoors.\u201d Grow Wellness\u2019 real estate agent, Alex Capozzoli, connected Kweskin with Veronica\u2019s Garden stand, which is located off of Ridgebury Road. \u201cTheir gardens (were) perfect,\u201d Kweskin said. \u201cIn all my experience in my field and studies, I have never seen such a powerful event.\u201d Animal-assisted therapy has quickly become a staple in wellness and therapeutic environments, according to Kweskin, connecting people to nature, mindfulness and uplifting their energy. Goats are one of the top animals used in animal-assisted therapy because they are playful, cuddly, mischievous and provide entertainment while calming the nervous system. \u201cUsually in a mindfulness meditative practice, you are focused on creating your best life through moment-to-moment experience,\u201d she added. \u201cThe goats, however, immediately pull you into mindfulness without any effort. ... Worries, anxieties and to-do lists are nonexistent as a goat comes and bounces around looking to cuddle and play. It\u2019s essentially a joyous brain vacation. \u201cBy mixing yoga and animal-assisted therapy, you get a powerful moment of joy, wellness and healing unlike any other,\u201d she continued. \u201cThe energy shift is so beautifully intense \u2014 from curiosity as first timers set up their mats to an elated, joyful energy. Attendees who may not have known each other (fell) into fast friendships by the end, so you\u2019re also getting the therapeutic effects of a supportive, judgment-free community.\u201d To elevate the experience, musician Jay Margolin played guitar and a handpan drum as students performed the yoga positions. Veronica\u2019s Garden stand offered fresh fruits and vegetables, and Grow Wellness provided a table stocked with eco-friendly CBD products, crystals from Brazil, yoga accessories and sound bowls from India. Grow Wellness is at 901 Ethan Allen Highway (Suite 109) in Ridgefield. For more information, visit www.growwellnesstherapy.com.