Yoga for the Pups - October 14th, 2018
On a cool, autumn day in Philadelphia, we held our eighth Yoga for the Pups event for 80 amazing human beings. The event was held in the BOK Building in South Philadelphia in both the gymnasium and workshop. The morning began with a yoga session, followed by a delicious HipCityVeg plant-based lunch, and ended with a meet-and-greet with local PSPCA rescue animals and Create-Your-Own Botanical Steam stations. The money raised from this event went to the Pennsylvania SPCA. We had an absolute blast and wanted to share some of our favorite highlights.
We are extremely grateful to Georgina Berbari, of The Little Flower Petal, and Remy Park, of Veggiekins, for traveling from New York to lead the group in yoga together. This was our first co-teaching experience, and to say that Remy and Georgina rocked it is a total understatement. Everyone left the gym feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Once the yoga class was finished, we moved into our door prize raffle, sponsored by some of our favorite brands. Eight winners left with gifts from Vedge and VStreet, Bar Bombon, Charlie was a sinner, Snap Kitchen, United By Blue, Goldie, and Franklin & Whitman. We want to give a huge shout out to our friends at these amazing brands for being so generous and helping to make the raffle so awesome.
Once the raffle came to a close, the whole group headed down the BOK hallways to the workshop where a delicious, catered lunch spread courtesy of HipCityVeg was waiting for them. Our incredible friends at HipCityVeg not only brought in several salad options, but also provided our guests with three different plant-based slider options, including the Ziggy Slider. The food was absolutely delicious and was truly one of the highlights of the stellar day. We cannot put into words how grateful we are for their generosity and support! It is so wonderful to have a partner whose moral compass is so aligned with ours.
On top of lunch, our bffs at P.S. Snacks decided to join us for the afternoon to curb our attendees’ sweet-tooth cravings with a tasty cookie dough sundae bar for dessert. Guests were able to choose from vegan cookie dough flavors such as Peanut Butter and Fudge Brownie, and add toppings like cacao and goji berries to really make the flavors pop. Chocolate chip cookie dough topped with more chocolate?! Seriously, can we relive it? Our generous pals at Honest Tea also provided some organic herbal iced teas to quench everyone’s thirst. If you’re like us and need a little caffeine in your life, especially on a Sunday morning, you were in luck! Our building-mates at Two Persons Coffee offered an oat milk chai latte special that a ton of our attendees snagged. We’re so happy to have this coffee shop right in our building.
Lastly, the day finished out with a trip back to the gym for a meet-and-greet with local PSPCA rescue animals. This time, there were not only cuddly pups, but adorable kittens as well! We aren’t exaggerating when we say that there was a swarm of people around them when they entered the room. One lucky puppy, now known as Rocky, even found his forever home! Once guests had their fill of animal snuggles (or had to pretend like they did because who can really get tired of that), they were able to head over to a Create-Your-Own-Botanical-Steam station to make their own personal blend to take home with them for a future “treat yourself” day. We also had our pop up shop up-and-running so attendees could purchase product if they were interested. Our new travel kit was a huge hit!
We sincerely want to thank all of the attendees, volunteers, and sponsors for helping to make our eighth Yoga for the Pups event a major success. From all of these events combined, we’ve been able to donate over $20,000 to dog rescue organizations, and we couldn’t be more proud of that number. We can’t wait until it’s time yet again for another Yoga for the Pups event.
You can check out more photos from the event on our Facebook Page!
- All photos by the amazingly talented Casey Holcombe