Yoga with Homeless Dogs is Happening Again in Cape Town

On Saturday the 13th of April, the Mdzananda Animal Clinic will be hosting its third Downward-Facing-Adopt-A-Dog yoga event in Cape Town, South Africa. Yoga lovers and dog lovers alike are invited to join this one of a kind yoga class with homeless dogs.

The class will be held under the trees in the beautiful outdoor setting of De Waal Park.

Here you will get to enjoy a one hour, gentle flow yoga class while meeting a variety of homeless dogs up for adoption. Be prepared to get a lick from a dog while stretching into your Downward Dog position.

The class will be led by local yoga instructor Lee-Ann Elliott and will be guided by Tombstone Pete’s live acoustic music.

“The idea came about when I saw one of Mdzananda’s Facebook posts about the vast number of dogs needing homes,” says Lee-Ann Elliott, the yoga instructor.

“I looked down at my dog, Salacia, and thought, we can make a difference. I called my friend who worked at Mdzananda and we started planning the first event. Now we are hosting our third event.

“Soon after our first event in October 2018, Salacia passed away due to tick bite fever. Now, these events are a tribute to her memory as well as a fundraiser and place of hope for more dogs to find homes.”

The event aims to raise funds for the Mdzananda Animal Clinic, an NPO animal hospital based in Khayelitsha while introducing people to pets needing homes.

“People are often too scared to come to Khayelitsha to visit pets so this event allows us to bring the pets for adoption to them, all while they get to enjoy a yoga session,” says du Plessis.

The firsts Downward-Facing-Adopt-A-Dog took place in October 2018 with sixty-five people attending. A total of R6000 was raised. The second took place in April 2019 with one hundred people joining and R10400 was raised.

“We hope to have even more people join us for this event to help raise funds for our organisation, but more importantly, to have fun with us and to meet the dogs up for adoption. Around ten dogs will be joining us, all needing forever homes,” says du Plessis

The class will start at 10:30 am but you are advised to be there at 10 am to register, get a good spot and spend some time with the dogs. Bring a yoga mat or towel and invite everyone who are in the market for a new furry friend. The cost of the class is donation based and all funds raised will go to the Mdzananda Animal Clinic.

For more information contact, visit their website on or visit the Facebook events page