A friend of mine who loves yoga recently told me that she had started doing yoga with her dog, Apparently itís a big trend now and it even has a name.
Itís called Doga. Of course.
According to the Doga aficionados, itís a perfect fit because, I mean really, who better to practice your downward dog with than your dog.
My friend is a big fan, and it seems a lot of other people are too because they now have Doga classes popping up everywhere. You bring your own yoga mat and your own dog and the only rule is everyone needs to be housebroken.
I actually wasnít all that surprised when she told me about her new favorite activity. I once had dinner in New York City in a rooftop restaurant and looked out the window to see a group of people doing Naked Yoga on another rooftop below. Trust me when I tell you that nothing kills an appetite faster than the sight of twenty mostly middle-aged people doing downward dogs in their birthday suits.
Obviously, it wasnít the yoga part of this display that troubled me. My husband does yoga and my sister-in-law teaches yoga, so although I myself am not a yoga-phile, I have had some firsthand experience with people doing yoga. I am also not unfamiliar with themed yoga. Iíve read about such yoga options as Yoga for Couples, Yoga for Babies, and Meowga (Yoga with cats). There are the food-yoga classes, such as Yoga with Chocolate, and Yoga with Wine, as well as the popular, Yoga with Pizza. There are classes that combine yoga with gymnastics, yoga with aerobics, and even yoga with belly dancing. There are probably yoga classes for people who love ďStar WarsĒ (Yoga with Yoda), and people who like their yoga with fruit on the bottom (Yoga with Yogurt). There are so many variations on the yoga theme that Iím sure if I were to search the Internet, I would certainly find a combination of Naked Yoga with Wine and Dogs.
Now I have to say, although I have a dog, doing yoga with my dog, naked or otherwise, is not an activity that I find appealing. First of all, as I mentioned, I donít do yogaÖ and neither does my dog. Iím more of a fan of Spinning, but sadly, there is really no room on the bike for both my dog and me. I do walk him, which occasionally turns into a run, so that might be considered exercising together. However the running usually occurs only when he sees a squirrel and involves him running and me being dragged behind so Iíd say itís less exercise and more owner abuse.
I like to swim, and so does my dog, but when we are in the water together heís only interested in fetching tennis balls and considers me nothing more than a bobbing buoy between him and the balls. And when youíre trying to stay afloat, the last place you want to be is between a 90-pound dog and his balls.
I guess itís nice that people are trying different ways to connect with their pets, but for me, I get enough Zen just petting my dog, throwing the Frisbee to him, and playing fetch together (outside the pool). If he wants to do a downward dog on his own, more power to him. But for me, Doga is a Noga.

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