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Yoga plus puppies equals awesome at Pure Yoga

By Jamie MacPherson on August 22, 2022

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Pure Yoga Centretown is hosting a unique yoga fundraiser on August 27. Led by assistant manager Liane Wilson, participants can practice with young puppies from Marshall’s Dog Rescue, a not-for-profit that finds homes for abandoned dogs, and hopefully, leave with a new companion.

Photo: Marshall’s Dog Rescue.

“I taught a puppy yoga class a couple of years ago for a for-profit group,” Wilson says. “However, it didn’t sit right with me to participate in that kind of event without paying it forward. When two different local dog rescues reached out to Pure Yoga earlier this summer looking to collaborate on some fundraising initiatives, we could not say no.” Ever since then, she’s been looking for the right fit.

Photo: Marshall’s Dog Rescue.

Wilson identified a great community need, and she and the Pure Yoga team stepped forward. “The studio owners are big dog lovers and rescue supporters,” Wilson says, “and it just made sense for us to help out by doing what we do best—a yoga class.” Wilson says there are many local animal rescue groups in the Ottawa area “who are constantly in need of funds in order to keep doing their incredible work. There is currently a big increase in intake of animals, and they need all the help they can get. These types of fundraising events help them pay for food, supplies, medical vet bills, transportation fees, and spread the word on their fostering and adoption programs.”

Photo: Marshall’s Dog Rescue.

This event, however, has a laser-focused goal: finding “forever homes” for puppies. For a mere $25 donation, you get a one-hour, all-levels yoga class, where the puppies will join and interact. “After class, there will be extra time for more interaction and to learn about the rescue,” Wilson says. A bargain indeed!

A note from Wilson for the hesitant: “You are probably thinking ‘how distracting,’ and you are right! But that is the fun of it. I truly believe animals, especially puppies, are therapeutic, just like yoga. This class is for anyone who loves dogs, whether you are an avid yogi or completely new to the practice. It’s also a fun and light-hearted way to try yoga for the first time, or get back into it. While there might be minimal yoga involved, there will be lots of laughs and puppy cuddles!”

Photo: Marshall’s Dog Rescue.

All proceeds from this class go directly to the rescue, so save the date and spread the word! Wilson’s filled with excitement and already planning ahead: “I hope to continue offering these classes on a regular basis with as many rescue groups as possible.”


Visit the Pure Yoga website to sign up for this event.

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