CHARLESTON -- Goat yoga is coming to Charleston this summer with the first of several sessions kicking off Saturday. 

Megan Henness, recreation supervisor, said this is the first time the city parks and recreation department has offered this event.

With yoga instructor, Linda Ross, at the helm, participants will be practicing yoga in the presence of-- and in tandem with-- goats. This Saturday's session will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. outside at the Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site.

Multiple goats will be taking a trip to Lincoln Log Cabin from their home at Harvest Moon Farms owned by Chris and Rachel Thoele. 

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The yoga session is for all abilities, according to a news release. Those interested in participating are required to bring a yoga mat or beach towel for the session, and people are urged to dress accordingly, because yoga attire could get dirty. 

Saturday is expected to sunny, with a high near 84, according to the national weather service. 

The session costs $15 per person per Saturday. Goat Yoga sessions will also take place June 22, July 13, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14.

Pre-registration is required. There will be no on-site registration. Locals can register online at charlestonillinois.org or in person at the Charleston Park and Recreation Department Office at 520 Jackson Ave. The office is open 9 a.m.  to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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