Strike A Pose - Doggie yoga style !?!
May 14, 2007 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode
There is a great article in Friday’s (5/11) Life Section of the Mirror about the latest pet craze – Doggie Yoga. (click here to read article)
Basically, the concept was created for people, not so much their canine companions. People don’t have enough hours in the day to do all they want to do including exercise and spend quality time with their pets so one pet-crazy yoga instructor combined the two. It was an instant hit and has since spread to various cities throughout the country.
In case you’re are a bit skeptical, yoga movements do in fact benefit human and canine alike. Like humans, dogs need exercise and love a good stretch. We humans need to stretch and exercise more. The classes provide time for one-on-one human/pet interaction, which is proven therapeutic for human and loved by dogs - natural pack animals. The calming effects of yoga are also observed as most of the dogs can usually be found in a relaxed, prone position by end of class. Basic massage techniques are often used on the pets during class, which again is touch therapy for human and as beneficial for pet as human massage.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a nut about my girls but I’m not sure you’d find me with them in a yoga class. I’m just glad to see there are people out there crazier than me (hard to believe). Power to you!
Photo: "Honey," a Shar Pei-Boxer mix, lies on the yoga mat as her owner, Brad Wright, massages her faced during a yoga class for people and dogs being taught by Wright's wife, Brenda Bryan, in Bellevue, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)