Who let the dogs in the yoga class?

Mon Aug 1, 2011 6:04am EDT
 
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - When yoga goes to the dogs, they call it doga.

And while doga may not measure up, fitness-wise, to a game of fetch or a run on the beach, experts say practicing yoga with your pet can soothe the not-so-savage breasts of both person and pooch.

"I consider it partner yoga," said Suzi Teitelman, a Florida-based instructor who has been teaching doga to man, woman and beast since 2002. "It's my lifelong passion."

Teitelman stumbled upon doga because her dog liked to lie under her while she practiced.

"When you feel good, they feel good," she said. "They want to be around your goodness."

Classes, DVDs and a training manual followed. Teitelman said she's trained more than 100 people around the world in doga, some from as far away as China and Japan.

Disco yoga, kid yoga, beach yoga, spin yoga and yogalites are but a few of the trendy hybrids saluting the sun at fitness centers these days, all takeoffs on the 5,0000-year-old practice that coordinates movement and breath.

But Teitelman insists she teaches a traditional yoga class, even if the downward facing dog is flesh and blood.   Continued...

 
<p>Doga instructor Suzi Teitelman and Coali in straddle pose, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, 2009. REUTERS/Tutor Photography/Handout</p>