doga: just what it sounds like
posted: April 24, 2009
It’s a dog eat dog world out there, or so they say. That’s why a lot of us turn to man’s best friend for a comforting cuddle and a dose of unconditional love. I have an over-the-top friendly Westie named Sydney, whose dumbfounded adoration always puts a smile on my face. Unless, of course, she’s stir crazy after being pent-up in the house all day long. If that sounds familiar to those of you with frazzled furry friends, you might want to hit up one of the newest fitness crazes catching on with pet owners: dog yoga – or doga.
In doga class, owners help stretch and situate their pups into different poses, while at the same time incorporating massage and meditation. And don’t think your dog will be the only one breaking a sweat. Owners also do their own poses using their pets as props. I’m not sure if Sydney would be able to make it through the class without taking breaks to beg for belly rubs. But, who knows, she may be able to learn how to focus and relax… because if humans can benefit from yoga, why not dogs?
The doga craze has hit a lot of the bigger cities across the United States; I live in Hawaii, where I haven’t been able to find a doga class just yet (if anyone knows of one, let the lululemon Ala Moana store know!). In the meantime, I’ll use some of these pictures for inspiration and will be keeping an eye out for lululemon product for my future dogi.