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    Tuesday, February 27, 2024

    Doga class

    Jon Fifer gets a kiss from Chase, with the Groton Town Police Department, as he moves into child’s pose during a “Doga” class at Groton Public Library on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. The yoga class with police comfort dogs from around the area was taught by Stef Corbeil of Simsbury. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Jon Fifer, center, gets a kiss from Hodges, with the Waterford Police Department, as Clifford, with the Simsbury Police Department, lies on the mat of his wife, Jill Fifer, during a “Doga” class at Groton Public Library on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. The yoga class with police comfort dogs from around the area was taught by Stef Corbeil of Simsbury. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Jamie Soptten, of Groton, is greeted by Chase, left, with the Groton Town Police Department, and Clifford, with the Simsbury Police Department, during a “Doga” class at Groton Public Library on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. The yoga class with police comfort dogs from around the area was taught by Stef Corbeil of Simsbury. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Clifford, with the Simsbury Police Department, lies on teacher Stef Corbeil during a “Doga” class at Groton Public Library on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. The yoga class featured police comfort dogs from around the area. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Cassie Williams, of Madison, rests a hand on Chase, with the Groton Town Police Department, as she moves into a pose during a “Doga” class at Groton Public Library on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. The yoga class with police comfort dogs from around the area was taught by Stef Corbeil of Simsbury. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Maggie Major, of Madison, pauses to say hi to Hodges, with the Waterford Police Department, during a “Doga” class at Groton Public Library on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. The yoga class with police comfort dogs from around the area was taught by Stef Corbeil of Simsbury. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Teacher Stef Corbeil of Simsbury is greeted by Hodges, with the Waterford Police Department, and Chase, with the Groton Town Police Department, during a “Doga” class at Groton Public Library on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. The yoga class featured police comfort dogs from around the area. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Jon Fifer, center, pets Hodges, with the Waterford Police Department as Clifford, with the Simsbury Police Department, lies on the mat of his wife, Jill Fifer, during a “Doga” class at Groton Public Library on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. The yoga class with police comfort dogs from around the area was taught by Stef Corbeil of Simsbury. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Groton ― Participants enjoyed “Doga,” a dog yoga class, with police comfort dogs at the Groton Public Library on Monday.

    It was the first class of its kind at the library, but librarian Anne Campbell, who helped organize the event, said the library is looking to plan more sessions. The spots for the class filled up in two days, making it one of the library’s most popular programs.

    “This was the idea of Officer Heather McClelland with the Groton Town Police Department, who has participated in events like this with her K9 Chase before,” said Campbell. McClelland and Chase, along with seven other teams of officers and dogs who traveled from as far away as Providence wandered around the room interacting with participants.

    Maggie Major, of Madison, had been to a doga class before, at the University of Connecticut, and came with a friend to the event in Groton. She cuddled Hodges, with the Waterford Police Department, during a downward dog pose as he lay on her mat.

    “This is the best way to relax,” she said.

    The class was taught by Stef Corbeil from Simsbury, who works as a dog trainer and yoga teacher and often combines the two.

    “The dogs bring a special element of surprise,” she said as she guided the class. “You might get an unexpected kiss. But we also can learn how to relax from them.”

    Information on when the class will be held again will be on Groton Public Library’s social media accounts as well as https://www.groton-ct.gov/departments/library/index.php.

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