Bring Your Dog to Yoga
Some of our general drop-in classes are now dog friendly just look for the dog friendly sign on the timetable (DF)
The Light Yoga Space invites you to bring your furry friend to yoga, with these brand new, experimental dog friendly drop-in classes for yoga and dog lovers
‘Bring Your Dog to Yoga’ is an exciting new experimental project of dog friendly drop-in yoga class running for the first time ever at the Light Yoga Space. The yoga in these drop-in classes is strictly for the humans, the pooches are just invited along because we love hanging out with them
Anyone who practices yoga and has a dog knows that as soon as we get down on our mats our pooches get excited. They love us practicing yoga as much as we do and we get lots of furry, sloppy kisses and ear nuzzles to prove it
The yoga will be taught in the Sivananda tradition, a school of yoga that offers a sequence of classical hatha yoga poses, breathing exercises and deep relaxation.
The level will accommodate both beginners as well as yoga practitioners with some experience. This class is for anyone who wants to learn and practice real yoga, in a beautiful space, with their furry friends to keep them company
Everyone is welcome to attend these session whether you have a dog or not
For those of you who do have pooches why not bring them along? If you don't have a pooch but love dogs why not come for the jolly?
For those who don't know the studio itself is a beautiful, open-plan, converted warehouse space, light and airy, with high ceilings, a huge wall of windows, pretty, healthy, luscious plants and big painted concrete floors, plenty of room for yoga and doggy antics.
This project was initiated by Janice Kate Fisher the proprietor of the Light Yoga Space. She has been a yoga teacher for over 14 years, and an animal lover all her life.
The Light Yoga Space has it's own resident pooch Frida the Hungarian Puli, #fridathepuli on instagram, and a regular attendee at many of Light Yoga Space classes. Janice got the idea to run dog friendly classes when Frida’s little puppy pug friend came to visit and joined class too. The dog lovers in the room got so excited by the extra doggy energy we realised it would be nice to give you all a chance to practice with pooches on a regular basis.
Don't be entirely fooled by the pictures, it's not all snoozing and kisses, there's barking, power dynamics, territorial scraps, and other such doggy antics, you really do need to love and tolerate the pooch vibe to enjoy these classes!!
Rules and Regulations
The do's and don't when you bring your dog
Note: Not all of our classes are dog friendly only the ones with the (DF) label on the timetable. At the moment it is usually the Thursday 6:30 p.m. class that is dog friendly however not every week so please always check the timetable before bringing your dog to make sure the class you are coming to is dog-friendly. We would love you to be able to bring dogs to all of our classes, but we also like Pearl our cat to have a lot of freedom so we need to keep it real. She is kept in a safe, separate room whilst doggy class is happening
If you are bringing your dog please be sure to arrive 30 mins before class so we can socialise the dogs first and try to get them settled before class begins
If you are bringing your dog please contact us first so we know how many dogs are coming firstname.lastname@example.org / 07956-208-666
In most cases please keep your dog on a lead unless they are very calm and still
You know your dog best, your dog is 100% your responsibility
Please bring a cloth to wipe your dog's feet when you arrive to keep our studio clean
Only friendly, gentle, relatively well socialised dogs may attend (of course they don't have to be perfect, we understand that dogs are dogs, but no aggressive or dangerous dogs please)
Barking is allowed (Frida our resident puli is actually the worst for barking when other dogs arrive) however do make an effort to curb your pooches barking where possible
Please make sure your pooch has an empty bladder and bum on arrival
We get that accidents might happen but if they do the teacher will be busy teaching so we ask that you clear it up thoroughly if it is your dog who did the do. Cleaning products will be provided
Only 100% dog loving and dog accepting humans may attend
We will attempt a peaceful yoga class but our focus will also be on managing our pooches
The teacher's main focus will be on teaching yoga, you will be responsible for keeping your dog under control as best as possible
It is OK to enjoy the dogs and have a group giggle at their antics every now and then however please do not chatter too much so as not to disturb the yoga class, dogs will be dogs, but humans will be practicing yoga in earnest