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Emotion Fitness holds ‘Rescue Puppy Yoga’

Frantic canine energy contrasted with focused flow practitioners during Rescue Puppy Yoga at Emotion Fitness on Sunday.

Frantic canine energy contrasted with focused flow practitioners during Rescue Puppy Yoga at Emotion Fitness on Sunday.

Yoga teacher Ravyn Robbins launched Rescue Puppy last December to let students “down dog with some down dogs.” 

“COVID was a huge motivator for us because a lot of surrenders happened,” she said. 

The sudden swell of abandoned dogs during the pandemic inspired Ravyn Robbins to combine yoga instruction and animal rescue. 

Helping her daughter run the class on Sunday was Jolene Robbins, who said the fur-filled session helps socialize adoptable puppies.

“They are in shelters or found in the streets,” she said. “They didn’t get those human love touches that they needed in the beginning.”

Emotion Fitness owner Erica Valenzuela, who has previously hosted Rescue Puppy Yoga classes at her Broomfield-based studio, said the event suits her business model.  

“It’s called ‘Emotion’ for a reason,’ she said. “Any way we can make people feel good.”

Seeking formative interactions, organizers set puppies loose to roam the studio once class is underway.

“They start to play with their siblings and gradually approach people,” Jolene Robbins said.

While class participants give their primary attention to proper form curious puppies joust about obviously with littermates.

“They start running into you,” Jolene Robbins said. “Eventually they start hiding underneath you.”

In short order the fur babies shed any hesitancy and recognize humans as two-legged friends. 

“They don’t fear humans anymore,” Jolene Robbins said. “It’s on their terms and that’s how we get them to open up and socialize.”

Beyond socializing, sourcing forever homes for rescue dogs is the overarching goal for organizers.

“What we are is a rescue resource,” Jolene Robbins said. “We want our puppies to be in a home for good.”

Rescue Puppy Yoga works in conjunction with numerous animal-rescue organizations to place shelter dogs with loving owners.

“All of our money goes to the nonprofit rescues that we work with,” she said. “We do marketing, raise funds and help with any needs that they have.”

The mother-daughter team holds pup-focused yoga classes weekly at various locales in Broomfield, Denver and Colorado Springs.

Looking ahead, Jolene Robbins said she hopes to open a home base for Rescue Puppy Yoga. 

“Our goal is once we get a brick and mortar (building) we can put a vet clinic in there,” she said. “We’ve got a veterinarian ready to provide low cost pet care.” 




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