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Is it me, or are dog owners a little nuts when it comes to their pooch? The New York times ran an article on the new half-baked trend of “Doga” – literally, yoga with your dog. Apparently there are classes popping up all over the country, from Seattle to Chicago and Manhattan.

Here are a few excerpts from the article:

One women is quoted, “Doga runs the risk of trivializing yoga by turning a 2,500-year-old practice into a fad,” said Julie Lawrence, 60, a yoga instructor and studio owner in Portland, Ore”

“Paula Apro, 40, of Eastford, Conn., owner of an online yoga retail store, tried a class near her home last summer…Owners struggled to get their very real dogs to replicate the stuffed-animal poses, she said, and bags of treats were used to get the dogs to change positions. “It was lunacy,” Ms. Apro recalled. “Peanuts, my retired racer greyhound, didn’t participate at all. Instead, I did downward-facing dog while he ate the most treats he’s ever had in a 60-minute period.”

My comments:

There’s no question that dog owners are themselves a “special breed.” Many it seems hate to be separated from their dogs  – for some, separating themselves for long enough to take a yoga class isn’t even an option! While I can think of better things to do with $15 – (and I imagine there are several free activities out there you can do with your dog), if it makes you happy, who am I to say it’s crazy?

Another quote from the article:

“Ms. Yang, 39, a financial analyst in Manhattan, has gone to doga classes for more than a year. Though she says that her 10-pound Shih Tzu, Sophie, has helped deepen her stretches by providing extra weight, the main reason she goes is to bond with her dog. “I always leave with a smile,” she said.”

For the full article by Bethany Lyttle, click here:

Bonding with their Downward-Facing Humans

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