Puppy Yoga on the Rise: Combining Animal-Assisted Therapy and Yoga for a Unique Wellness Experience


Puppy Yoga in Chicago: A Source of Stress Relief and Mental Health Benefits – NBC Chicago

Puppy yoga has been gaining popularity in recent years, as a combination of animal-assisted therapy and yoga. Danielle Kerr, owner of Goat Yoga Chicago in South Barrington, states that it’s like having a goat or puppy by your side while doing yoga.

The trend started in 2015 with Goat Yoga and expanded into puppy yoga after a call from the founder of Second City Canine Rescue. The puppies are rescue pets and puppy yoga classes change depending on the schedule of puppies available. Once they are ready, times and dates are sent out. The American Heart Association states that playing with dogs raises feel-good chemicals in the brain and lowers blood pressure. This is not only good for our health but also helps to socialize these furry friends and find them good homes.

Christina Morrison, Development Director for Second City Canine Rescue adds that people can do the yoga and pet a puppy or just sit there and pet a puppy. She says that it brightens everyone’s day, regardless of whether you participate in the yoga or not. I never see anyone leaving here still stressed out or unhappy.”

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