The Best Puppy Yoga Spots In London

Calling all dog lovers! If you have to pet every pup you see on the street and a good stretch in the morning always sorts you right out, you’ve come to the right place. The hottest yoga trend in London this year is, ironically enough, no longer hot yoga, it’s puppy yoga! So limber up and relax at one of the UK’s best.

Additionally, if you’re looking to cat-cow with any other animals, check out the cat, bunny, goat, and aquarium yoga spots.

Health benefits

Physical Health

Yoga has a whole multitude of health benefits- both physical and mental. Adding animals into the mix only helps, making it the perfect aide in maintaining wellbeing.

Yoga is renowned for strength building in all muscle groups, particularly the core. Combine Kegels into the routine, and your pelvic floor muscles will sing.

Additionally, it’s great as a pre-workout and post-workout routine- muscle extension minimises damage beforehand and helps muscle recovery after a workout. Warming up and cooling down is essential and a yoga session can be the ideal way to do that.

Further still, back pain, arthritis, and heart health have been proven to all be helped by regularly practising yoga. With hundreds of different poses and flows, you’ll be sure to find the right combination to ease your specific ailments. Puppies only add to that experience- research shows that people who have pets tend to have lower blood pressure, heart rate and heart disease risk than those who don’t. If you don’t have your own dog, why not micro-dose that by attending a dog-yoga session.

Lastly, it’s great for joint health for you and the pup! The puppies may mimic some of the poses, and doing so, teach good posture and keep joints lubricated. You’ll both walk away with increased flexibility, balance and movement.

Mental health benefits

Other than physical health, puppy yoga is great for mental health. It is innately de-stressing and calming because slowing down, focusing on your body, not brain, and practising mindfulness in your environment, with the all-important breath-work of practice; does miracles for slowing heart rate and truly relaxing your whole being.

So much so, that yoga has been found to increase cognitive function. You can walk away from the session with an increased focus, alertness and rise in energy. Further still, it has been proven that petting a dog can decrease levels of cortisol– a stress hormone, and the love hormone oxytocin soars up when we pet dogs or other furry animals. And the happier we are and the more loved we feel the healthier we are!

On a similar note, puppy yoga is a great way to meet people and reduce loneliness. Loneliness is totally non-discriminatory – it can affect all of us and what a horror it is. Making friends as an adult is infamously difficult, and there are few better ways of doing so than by bonding over the cuteness and clumsiness of puppies. They tumble through the ice for you. Additionally, this is great for them – it provides socialisation, preparing them to be gentle around other dogs and humans. This is particularly essential for puppies from animal shelters which some yoga studios work with. These puppies are also often up for adoption so it’s a rather perfect set-up.

Looking for a sustainable yoga mat to bring to class? Check out CorkYogis premium thick yoga mat, it’s completely natural, vegan friendly, antibacterial and non-slip, making it the perfect companion to your yoga practice. Additionally, with every purchase 10% of the profits are donated to Destiny Reflection, a Kolkata based charity that supports survivors of sex slavery and human trafficking.

Additionally, if you’re looking to practise yoga out of a studio, check out Esmes Guide To Sustainable Yoga At Home. She talks about mats, sustainable outfits, and relaxing oils, plus, the different forms of yoga to bust suit your needs day to day. This is an essential guide for any budding yogi.

 

Classes in London

Location: Old Street, London EC1Y 1BE

Price: £39 pp

Book here: https://petsyoga.com/pages/book-tickets

 

Location: More Yoga (Cannon St Studio) 40 Queens St, London EC41 RDD.

Price: £35 pp

Book here: https://www.puppy-yoga.co.uk/book-online 

 

Location: Various locations in London and Essex

Price: £35 pp

Book here: https://www.pawsforthoughtuk.com/book-classes

 

Location: SW London

Price: £60 pp

Book here: https://pawsideyoga.co.uk/collections/pupcoming-sessions

 

Other Pet Yoga:

Animals are the ultimate therapy aid- you needn’t roll around with dogs exclusively to get the full cathartic benefits of animal yoga. Just being in the presence of a feathered, furry, hairy, or blubbery friend can bring calm and peacefulness. As someone that grew up with quite the menagerie of pets, I can personally vouch for that. Chickens make the best sunbathing and yoga buddies, and no one can tell me otherwise! Luckily, the UK currently offers Kitten, bunny, goat and aquarium yoga permanently, check out our picks here.

 

Kitten Yoga

Location: Old Street, London EC1Y 1BE

Price: £39 pp

Book here: https://petsyoga.com/pages/book-tickets

 

Bunny Yoga

Location: Old Street London EC1Y 1BE

Price: £39 pp

Book here: https://petsyoga.com/pages/book-tickets

 

Goat Yoga

If you’re watched videos of goat yoga in the US and are willing to travel outside of London to stretch with goats there are plenty of places to do so.

 

Location: Sarisbury Green Community Centre, SO31 7AA

Price: 25 pp

Book here: https://www.muckybucketfarm.co.uk/goga-classes

 

Location: Braintree, CM77 8FR

Price: £15 pp

Book here: https://www.blackwateralpacas.co.uk/pygmy-goat-pilates 

 

Location: Woodbridge, IP13 0EQ

Price: £19.99

Book here: https://www.dmyoga.co.uk/book-now/#tmup=/p/946978-dmyoga/

 

Location: Lancashire, BB44AQ

Price: £25pp

Book here: https://calendly.com/cronkshawfoldfarm/goatyoga?month=2022-04 

 

Location: Weymouth, DT3 6NL

Price: £7 pp

Book here: https://www.theranchweymouth.com/book-online

 

Aquarium Yoga

Location: Plymouth, PL4 0LF

Price: £7 pp

Book here: https://www.national-aquarium.co.uk/events/yoga-at-the-aquarium/

 

So now you know your option, what’s stopping you from having some of the best yoga sessions of your life? Whether puppy, kitten, bunny, goat or aquarium, you’ll leave with a renewed sense of calm, rejuvenation and happiness. No to mention the numerous health benefits of attending an animal yoga session! Whether with friends or alone, spring into action and why not sign up today.

And in the meantime, for practising at home, check out Esme’s Guide To Sustainable Yoga At Home; a starter guide to safe practice, sustainable yoga wear, oils, mists and more; along with detailing the different flows and online teachers to set you up for success. Yoga should never be inaccessible and exclusionary, so we’re here to make sure you never feel that way! It is ultimately about connecting with oneself, relaxing and rejuvenating the body, so don’t sweat if you can’t do everything at the start. We all start somewhere, stiff as a board normally (!), then work our way up- there are plenty of size inclusive and disability inclusive practitioners, available at the click of a button, so go easy on yourself and just jump into the wonderful community of us chilled out people.