Doga Anyone? Have You Heard Of This?

Dog and Owner doing Yoga  - image of dog and an owner doing a yoga exercise
@pyewacket (43962)
United States
April 3, 2008 11:03pm CST
Well here's a new one on me. I was listening to the late, late, late news the other night and there was this feature about "DOGA". What is Doga you ask? It's YOGA for Dogs...One of the pioneers of this is Yoga for Dogs is Kari Harendorf, who not only has her East Yoga Center in Manhattan and gives classes for people, but also has classes for people and their dogs...She also teaches weekly classes on Wednesday nights at Manhattan's rather famous animal shelter, Bide-A-Wee which is $18.00 per class: http://www.urbanhound.com/houndTalk/Forum.asp?linkid=20732&linklevel=1 Her regular Yoga Center is here http://eastyoga.com/about.html Also here is the article about "DOGA" (quote) Bring Your Mat, and Man's Best Friend Yoga for Dogs Is Becoming Increasingly Popular Around the World By RYAN OWENS and MELIA PATRIA April 1, 2008 For thousands of years, the ancient practice of yoga has led to peace and enlightenment for people wishing to unite their body and mind. While some techniques have changed over time, chances are the early gurus did not anticipate the newest set of devotees: dogs. Doggie Yoga"We're going to Om, but I want you to actually Om towards the dog," said instructor Kari Harendorf in front of a yoga class for dogs and their owners. "Inhale, Ommmm, Ommmm," she continued. The latest fitness craze for dog lovers is called "doga" and it's coming to a mat near you. In a typical doga class, owners help their pups facilitate different poses, and they also do their own poses using the animals as helpful props. Owners also perform doggy massage and acupressure to help soothe and relax their pets."This is about you and your dog, and time with your dog," said Harendorf as she began the class and instructed the owners on how to gently stretch their dogs' legs and paws. Speaking of stretches, this whole concept may seem like one to many people. But it's not to Harendorf, who is a yoga instructor, dog trainer and former veterinary technician. "When I tell people that I teach yoga for dogs, they say, 'Oh, my dog would never be able to do yoga. He's too hyper or too this, too that,'" she said. "I'll say, 'Well, try a couple of poses with him.'"That's how Harendorf started doing doga with her dog Charlie five years ago. "Every time I would get my mat out, Charlie would come lay on top of it," she explained. "I would go into [downward facing] dog and he would just lie under me and look up at me. He put his paw on my hand, and we started doing yoga together."Now, Harendorf and Charlie lead monthly classes at Bideawee Animal Shelter in New York City. The tranquil ambiance is set with candles, incense, and calming music. It turns out the quest for zen is not just for the hyper pups of the Big Apple. Doga has spread to Seattle, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Fla., Canada, and even Japan. Later this year, Suzi Teitelman and her dog Coali will debut the first doga exercise video for those who would like to practice their poses from the privacy and comfort of home..." http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=4568834&page=1 So those of you who have dogs..would you ever consider doing Yoga exercises with your dog and vice versa? But hey!! Equal time here!!!...maybe someone should start inventing "COGA"...Yoga for cats...any volunteers?
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
4 Apr 08
naw my dogs wouldnt set still for it they to busy laying and running around and wow what a waste of money to me
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Well I guess people with loads of money will do a lot of strange things for their dogs, no?
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
5 Apr 08
thats for sure I can use the money for more needed thing1 hugs
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• United States
4 Apr 08
i would think that might be good for older pets (in moderation)to help them keep limber in the joints. as far as cats? i think my black & white does his own version. he contorts himself into the oddest poses while cleaning.that lil white foot goes up into the air in perfect poise LOL
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Yup..cats do seem to be great natural contortionists..and sort of a blend of yoga poses and ballet moves, right?
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• United States
5 Apr 08
definetly,especially with that one. i kid him as "lil ballerina" sometimes. (and get flippy tail for saying it LOL)
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Apr 08
I have to think about Aikido for dogs and cats. I would imagine cats happiness with Coga.... I am going to start free sessions with my dogs. When I roll my mat, they think that I am going to play with them....
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
4 Apr 08
I actually did try to do some Coga for my Pyewacket..just gave me a dirty look...hehe
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
5 Apr 08
...smart pet!!!!....
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@plumwish07 (4060)
• Indonesia
4 Apr 08
huh? yoga for dogs? i really surprised to write your articles, dear. i just wondering how they teach their dog in yoga class and what the benefit of dog, it self? i am curious to know more since those service not yet available in my country. have you tried to use this service before? or might be your relatives? and good idea to make starting COGA, yoga for cats since my pet is only cat not dog
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
4 Apr 08
I guess the benefit to the dog is the exercise the way it's beneficial to people. I don't have dogs either, but two cats...so mmm...maybe should think of "Coga"..hehe
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• Indonesia
4 Apr 08
hehehehehei just wondering if there is any COGA now. how would my cat be?
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@rlc456 (415)
• United States
4 Apr 08
No I have never heard of Doga. I love my animals but I don't thing my Hanna (my dog) would like doing yoga. There are things I do for my animal but I don't think sending her to yoga classes is one of them.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
4 Apr 08
There's supposed to be a DVD coming out soon on Doga moves and poses...so no need to go to a class
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• United States
4 Apr 08
I thought that half of the Yoga moves were already mimicking a cat! lol So they should go ahead and change the name already.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Hehee..that's true. Cats know how to stretch natually...mmm..if I tried to imitate some of their moves I'd be in traction.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Well it is a interesting concept. I would also like to know if the dogs enjoy some real benefits from doing it. I am sure just the fact they get to spend time with their owner doing something fun is a benefit. Myself, I think a good long run is just as much fun for a dog and it is free usually. Better hurry up and start the Coga for Cats' before someone else does it Pye and steals your idea.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
4 Apr 08
I think something like Doga would be good to calm especially hyper dogs and Yoga seems to be beneficial in helping humans relax...yup--will try to come up with a Coga for Cats...heehee
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• United States
4 Apr 08
Well thats a new one to me, i wonder if it helps. It would be great if it could calm down a frisky dog.Or a dog that doesnt listen.I wonder who came up with that one?
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
4 Apr 08
I think it's that Kari Harendorf who started it....she gives classes in her own center and teaches Doga at the Bide A Wee. Yes it probably would be good to calm a hyper dog down
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@howard96h (11665)
• New York, New York
4 Apr 08
If I had a dog I think I rather send him for some "Tae Kwan Do" classes, I think we'd both feel a lot safer walking around our neighborhood Pye.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Hehe..yup in our neighborhood dogs would definitely benefit better from Tae Kwan Do classes
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@BarBaraPrz (16324)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Apr 08
Cats already do yoga, on their own, without any help from us. After all, they invented it. As a crazy cat lady yourself, you should know this.
@BarBaraPrz (16324)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Apr 08
As an aside, I once came across a book on How To Massage Your Cat, and I could kick myself for not buying it at the time (didn't have enough money on me) because I've never seen it since.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Yup--if I tried to duplicate the "yoga" poses my cats do I'd be in serious trouble... Oh is this the book?? http://www.amazon.com/How-Massage-Your-Alice-Brock/dp/0811840697
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@BarBaraPrz (16324)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Apr 08
Yes, I do believe so... =^..^=
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
6 Apr 08
as they say, you learn something new everyday, no I never heard of it before, and I don't have a dog but I do not think I would do it, especially since it cost so much money.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
6 Apr 08
They are going to have a DVD of the DOGA exercises which in a long run would be cheaper than spending all that money for classes..I have two cats..maybe should start a COGA class..LOL
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
5 Apr 08
Wow I will have to find a place for Gissi it might get rid of his Energy but then again maybe not a good Idea as I think more likely he would disrupt the Class and turn everything into Havoc like he does at the Vets
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
5 Apr 08
Well they are supposed to have a DVD of the DOGA coming out, so you could do that with Gissi in the privacy of your own home
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@littleowl (7157)
12 Apr 08
hello pye-what next? this is absolutely crazy whoever heard of animals doing work outs-littleowl
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
12 Apr 08
Well just think..the people who started this are in a sense laughing all the way to the bank...hehee
• United States
6 Apr 08
That doesn't surprise me although I have never heard of anything like this. People consider their pets as part of their family and they do other things for their pets. I also consider when I had a pet it to be part of my family. Look at all the things that are geared towards ones pet. Then there is the store Pets Mart. So this does not surprise me at all.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
7 Apr 08
I'm trying to think up maybe a Coga...a yoga for my two cats...but when you think of it, the way cats stretch they already do their own form of yoga already..hehe