09 April 2009
This is why my friends in India ask me whether I teach "real yoga" or "American yoga."
Bonding With Their Downward-Facing Humans
"....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. Since Ms. Caliendo, a certified yoga instructor in Chicago, began to teach doga less than one year ago, her classes have doubled in size.
Not everyone in the yoga community is comfortable with this.
“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. “To live in harmony with all beings, including dogs, is a truly yogic principle. But yoga class may not be the most appropriate way to express this....”
Dog Face Down is what one of my students called Downward Facing Dog.
I feel sorry for the spaniel in the middle -- he looks scared and his owner looks a bit intense. Put that dog down and step away from the mat, lady!
Can you do this with your Great Dane? The mind reels.