Doggie divas do yoga

Yoga poses including Downward Dog were offered to participants and dozens of dogs at Puppy Barre, a recent fundraiser hosted by local Pure Barre fitness studios to benefit two nonprofits – Last Hope K-9 Rescue, of Boston, and Operation Delta Dog, of Hollis.

Pure Barre co-owner Adrienne Boss, instructed 70 fitness buffs at the Lawrence Barn Community Center, on Depot Road, on April 27. Boss is a co-owner of Pure Barre, of Nashua, on Spit Brook Road, and Pure Barre, of Bedford, on South River Road.

Boss led the group through stretches and poses guaranteed to lift, tone and burn. Colorful yoga mats were occupied by people and dogs. Some dogs stretched. Others slept. None raised a leg indoors as their owners reclined, elevated their feet and pointed their toes skyward. The event was presented with lively music at the Lawrence Barn Community Center, on Depot Road.

“It was a huge success,” said Boss. “We can’t wait for our annual outdoor version – Bark in the Park – later this summer.”

Last Hope K-9 Rescue, of Boston, was a beneficiary. The all-breed enterprise rescues dogs from high-kill shelters. The dogs then are fostered by volunteers until forever homes are found. Info: lasthopek9.org.

Operation Delta Dog was another group gifted with proceeds. Charlotte Troddyn, development officer, thanked supporters of the nonprofit based in Hollis at 19 G Clinton Drive. The ODD organization trains and provides service dogs at no charge to local veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

“Operation Delta Dog has been in Hollis for one year now,” said Troddyn. “The support of the community has been tremendous as we continue this service for free to our deserving veterans.”

Troddyn invites visitors to tour the Hollis facility, a recipient of a hefty Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grant that will help nurture growth for a decade. Volunteers and donations always are welcome, Troddyn added. Info: operationdeltadog.org.

Meanwhile, Boss cooled down the crowd and their canine companions with softer music. She encourages barre-style exercise. She said Pure Barre studios incorporate a ballet barre, an assist often mounted alongside mirrors. No ballet experience is needed. The barre offers a stabilizing element. It also offers resistance for stretching and bending exercises.

“Everyone should come try Pure Barre,” Boss said. “We have the most incredible, fun and supportive community.”

Three class types are available at the Pure Barre locations in Nashua and in Bedford. Classic Class focuses on toning. Pure Empower features cardio training. Pure Reform offers resistance training.

“We focus on helping our clients meet their physical and mental goals every day,” said Boss. “We have over 50 classes per location per week, and we offer a free first class for local residents.”

Loretta Jackson may be contacted via email: ljackson@nashuatelegraph.com