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Destressing with Puppy Yoga

Posted at 8:25 AM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 09:25:33-04

A workout feels like a workout.

Other times, you don't even realize you're doing something healthy until you start sweating.

Our sister station in Maine found a place where you will not only find a workout, but a place where some special workout buddies can help release the stress of the day.

It's not often you will find a group of people this excited to begin a workout class.

Then again, it's not often a workout class involves cuddles.

But puppy yoga provides both.

Jeana Roth, Director of Community Engagement, says "It's very little yoga and a lot of puppy play time. The very first year we did it, we did just kitten yoga because we thought puppies might be a little messy, and people might not want do yoga in the middle of the messes that puppies make. But, we just took a risk one time and said lets do puppies, and it sold out so quickly now we do it once or twice a month."

Lindsay Porto, an instructor, says, "Yoga is obviously really good for stress relief. That's something that we absolutely know. It gets you to calm down and quiet down the brain, which allows us to quiet down the body."

Which seems counter-intuitive here because honestly, this room anything is but quiet.

"Ironically I think it helps us because in the real world we have a lot of distractions around us. So I think if you're practicing something like meditation or yoga alone, you have the time and space to focus on just that," says Porto. "The reality is often were filled with distractions in the real world, so I think having the practice of those things around us enables you to find a quiet space among all the chaos."

If you are an animal lover, puppy yoga could be one of the best ways to decompress after a long day of work.

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