In recent years, puppy yoga has become increasingly popular in Chicago, combining the calming benefits of yoga with the joy of spending time with adorable puppies. Goat Yoga Chicago, located in South Barrington, is one such studio that offers this unique experience. According to owner Danielle Kerr, the classes provide exposure for adoptable puppies from Second City Canine Rescue while also promoting relaxation and stress relief through yoga.
The puppies that participate in these classes are all up for adoption and their schedule is subject to change depending on when they are cleared for adoption. Updates on class times are sent out through a newsletter to those who sign up for notifications.
Christina Morrison, Development Director at Second City Canine Rescue, notes that these puppies are brand new babies that need socialization before going to their forever homes. The combination of yoga and playing with puppies has been shown to have positive effects on people, as they tend to leave the classes feeling more relaxed and less stressed. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, playing with a dog can have numerous positive effects on a person’s mental and physical health.
Overall, participating in puppy yoga classes not only provides a unique and enjoyable experience but also helps prepare these adorable animals for life in a forever home by promoting socialization and well-being through both yoga and playtime with the pups.