Exercising with animals offers some unique advantages. A study conducted by the National Institute of Health highlighted the many benefits of human-animal interaction which include, but are not limited to, lower blood pressure and heart rate, reduced levels of depression and anxiety and improved mood.
Three recent litters at Paw Patrol Dayton sparked the idea of the puppy yoga event. It’s about more than fun and fitness – although both are pretty much guaranteed – as the puppies are up for adoption.
“They are looking for their forever homes,” McLaughlin said.
If puppy yoga is new to you, you’re not alone as it will also be a first time for yoga instructor Tracy Moser.
“I have never taught a class with puppies, but this is my dream,” Moser said. “It combines two things I love – dogs and yoga. I think it’s going to be awesome.”
Moser, in fact, adopted a dog from Paw Patrol Dayton, and the organization is “near and dear” to her heart.
The class is designed to be beginner friendly – lots of floorwork and no inversions. And the wagging tales of the playful pups should help reduce the intimidation factor for first-time yogis.
“It will be an easier practice – simpler and lower to the ground,” Moser said. “I want it to be safe for the people and the puppies.
“There’s a place for everybody in yoga and not just human bodies,” she added with a smile.
DOWNWARD DOGGIN’ PUPPY YOGA
What: Paw Patrol is partnering with La Gota Coffee to host puppy yoga. The puppies are also looking for their forever homes at this meet-and-greet yoga event.
When: March 17, 9-10 a.m.
Where: La Gota Coffee, 804 E. Monument Ave.
Cost: $20, must be purchased in advance. Visit Paw Patrol Dayton on Facebook for details.
More: Bring your own yoga mat