Goat Yoga Chicago in South Barrington has taken the city by storm with its innovative puppy yoga classes. The classes combine yoga and animal-assisted therapy, offering a unique experience that benefits both people and adoptable puppies from Second City Canine Rescue.
According to Christina Morrison, Development Director for Second City Canine Rescue, the puppies that participate in the yoga classes are brand new babies that need socialization before they can go to their forever homes. This is where the classes come in, as they provide an opportunity for these little ones to interact with people and other animals in a safe and supportive environment.
The schedule for puppy yoga classes is irregular, depending on when the puppies are cleared for adoption. However, updates are sent out through a newsletter, allowing people to sign up for notifications on when the classes will take place.
Morrison notes that the combination of yoga and playing with puppies has a positive effect on people, as they tend to leave the classes feeling more relaxed and less stressed. In fact, research from the American Heart Association shows that playing with a dog can have positive effects on a person’s mental and physical health.
Finally, Danielle Kerr emphasizes that participating in these yoga classes contributes to the socialization of the puppies, who are preparing for life in their forever homes. Overall, the pup