You can do yoga surrounded by puppies in Oregon

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It begins like a normal yoga class. Students settle on to their mats and the teacher asks everyone to find a comfortable seat. But then, in a rush of joyful barking, a pack of French bulldog puppies enters the room.

If you’re looking for a new way to exercise, while also combating the existential dread that has become a byproduct of being alive in 2018, you might want to try Forest Grove’s puppy yoga classes, where students stretch, build strength and laugh as puppies gnaw on their socks.

Kristin Tarnowski, the creator of PuppYoga, is a professional dog trainer and breeder in Forest Grove whose main focus is diabetic training service dogs. Along with training animals, she also breeds French bulldogs and Labrador retrievers.

“People are always asking if they can come play with my puppies,” Tarnowski said, as a group of students cuddle puppies on Wednesday. Now, they can.

She already had the idea to start a puppy yoga program when she was introduced to Mary Beth Stuver, a retired pediatric nurse, and trained yoga teacher, at an event. When Tarnowski told Stuver about her plan, Stuver said she immediately responded: “I’m your teacher. Let’s do this.”

PuppYoga is only in its third week but it’s already quite popular. KGW has covered the class, as has The Gales Creek Journal. Classes, especially in the evening, are filling up fast.

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