Goats always make people smile.  They appear to have silly personalities, make noises that at times sound inexplicably human, and they're just freaking cute.  But when my son's mother, Alison, told me she was taking our 2-year-old son Brody to "Goat Yoga" my sarcastic reply was "Good luck with that!"

Albeit somewhat unconventional, there are tremendous benefits to goat yoga. You're outdoors with health-conscious people, and yoga is great for flexibility, cardio health, athletic development and increased muscle tone. Being around cute goats, well that goes without saying. Animals provide comfort, reduce anxiety and stress and could be the ultimate icebreaker around strangers you don't know, doing a form of exercise you may never have ordinarily tried before.

Turns out, mom and Brody had a great time.

This is the first post in a weekly series we're calling 'Fresh and Healthy' a series about living well in the Capital Region. You will be able to find a new story about everything from staying active, to great food, to, well, goat yoga, every Thursday morning.

'Fresh and Healthy' is sponsored by Ellis Medicine. Every week on Thursday mornings, visit their Facebook page to find their companion post to this series to get more information on the best ways to stay healthy from the experts.