Editor's note: This is an updated version of a story originally published in April 2017.
If you missed the opportunity last fall to do a downward dog with an actual dog, there's another puppy yoga class on Saturday, April 14, courtesy of the Friends of Northaven Trail, a non-profit organization that supports the maintenance and beautification of its namesake hiking and biking trail located in North Dallas. Meredith Powell, a yoga instructor at CorePower and board member for Friends of Northaven Trail, has been hosting regular outdoor classes on the trail since 2016. So when she was approached by Operation Kindness about adding puppies to the mix, it seemed like a natural fit.
"This idea is really exciting to us," Powell says. "One of the purposes of the trail is to get people out there with their dogs to explore the community."
Puppy yoga costs $25 to attend. A portion of the proceeds benefits Artists for Animals, an organization of musicians, visual artists and writers that supports animal rescue charities. Like most animal-centric yoga classes, these downward-facing puppies will be available for adoption.
The class opens at 9 a.m. and yoga begins at 10 a.m. Attendees are expected to bring their own mats and water bottles. The address listed for the class (10937 Edgemere Rd., Dallas) is for the home right next to the trail, Powell says, however puppy yoga will take place outside.