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dogyoga.jpgTell me it ain’t so. Tell me that the next yoga craze does not have to do with people and their dogs on those little, squishy mats. And what if you owned a giant, chocolate lab? How would the two of you fit?
Apparently, it is a trend. Guess what it’s called? Wait for it…
DOGA! Yup. Not kidding. Doga.
In the article, “Bonding With Their Downward-Facing Humans,” New York Times reporter Bethany Lyttle writes:
“Call it a yogic twist: Downward-facing dog is no longer just for humans. Ludicrous? Possibly. Grist for anyone who thinks that dog-owners have taken yoga too far? Perhaps. But nationwide, classes of doga — yoga with dogs, as it is called — are increasing in number and popularity…Doga combines massage and meditation with gentle stretching for dogs and their human partners. In chaturanga, dogs sit with their front paws in the air while their human partners provide support. In an “upward-paw pose,” or sun salutation, owners lift dogs onto their hind legs. In a resting pose, the person reclines, with legs slightly bent over the dog’s torso, bolster-style, to relieve pressure on the spine. Doga instructors are not required to complete certification, though teacher training seminars do exist.”
This article is posted with a slide show of dogs doing yoga! (You really, really need to see the slide show.) Don’t miss it. It will crack you up.

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