Puppy yoga classes have become increasingly popular in Chicago, blending the calming practice of yoga with the joyful presence of adopted puppies from Second City Canine Rescue. According to Christina Morrison, director of development for Second City Canine Rescue, these classes provide a unique opportunity for people to interact with brand new puppies that need socialization before they go to their forever homes.
Morrison explains that the schedule for puppy yoga classes can be erratic, as it depends on when puppies are approved for adoption. However, updates are sent through a newsletter, allowing people to sign up for notifications on when classes will be held.
Danielle Kerr, owner of Goat Yoga Chicago in South Barrington, notes that participating in these classes contributes to the socialization of puppies who are preparing for life in their forever homes. Kerr also points out that playing with dogs has positive effects on a person’s mental and physical health according to the American Heart Association.
In fact, Morrison has noticed that the combination of yoga and playing with puppies has had a positive effect on people who tend to leave the classes feeling more relaxed and less stressed. She believes that this experience is both unique and rewarding for everyone involved.