A goat and the G.O.A.T.

By Rebecca Norris
December 19, 2019
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Your favorite gymnast is back at it again—only this time, she's on a yoga mat, not a tumbling one.

In a photo posted to her Instagram, Simone Biles is seen lying on a yoga mat while a goat stands on her back, sticking out its tongue as a crowd of people captures the cute moment on their phones.

"GOAT YOGA," Biles captioned her post. (Related: Watch Simone Biles Make History Not Once, But *Twice* at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships)

While goats are indeed animals, you might also know the term is an acronym for "greatest of all time". And Biles' fans took this adorable photo as the perfect opportunity to speak to her merit as the greatest gymnast ever.

"Goat yoga with the GOAT," one person commented on the post. Another wrote: "YESSSSS 2 GOATS." Yet another commenter ran with the GOAT praise, writing: "Goat says meet my G.O.A.T."

Doing yoga with animals—whether it's catsbunnies, or in Biles' case, goats—has been a fast-growing trend in recent years. At a glance, it might seem like having animals roaming around from mat to mat would distract from your yoga flow rather than enhance it. But there's actually a method to the (precious) madness—and it's not just to be able to post a double-tap worthy pic to the 'Gram. (BTW, puppy pilates is also a thing.)

"It doesn't surprise me that the innocence of animals is something that people want to connect with," Guru Jagat, a Kundalini Yoga Master and founder of RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology, told us in a previous interview. "Everything's just gotten so complicated and denatured that we covet anything that reminds us of simplicity and innocence," she added. In other words, spending time with animals—especially during a mindful, serene activity like yoga—can help you focus your attention on the simple pleasures of life, rather than, say, on your smartphone screen.

And for the record, this isn't the first time Biles has had a goat on her back. After receiving some criticism for wearing a personalized leotard with her name stitched on the back to a qualifying meet, Biles showed up to a U.S. gymnastics championship training session in August wearing none other than a silver leotard with a bedazzled goat on the back. (Related: Simone Biles Has the Perfect Response for the Person Who Called Her "Ugly")

"You'll go your whole entire career and everybody will tell you, 'You're great,' but the minute you think you're great, or you say you're good, [people are] like, 'Oh my gosh, you're so cocky. Cancel her,'" Biles, who's won a combined total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals throughout her career, told Olympic Channel reporters of her goat leotard. "There should be times we can celebrate whenever we do a good routine or if you've been on a winning streak for a year," she continued. "I think it's something you should have pride in."



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