Monday, April 13, 2009

Strange things in the yoga world

This was just too strange not to link to:

Yoga with Dogs: Bonding with Their Downward-Facing Humans

Do we really need to be paying for a yoga class to bond with our furry freinds? How 'about some floor time while listening to music or watching TV or taking your fuzzy buddy for a walk?

And I haven't made up my mind on the new Yoga Journal "movie": Ogden - the Inappropriate Yoga Guy. I find myself laughing and groaning at the same time - and I have a wierd sense of humor.

5 comments:

Linda-Sama said...

ha! I just wrote about those two also!

yup -- that's why my friends in India ask me if I teach "real yoga" or "American yoga"!

Sandra said...

Huuu, that's quite strange...! I don't think these dogs have fun spending time on a sticky mat- can you see them dreaming of meadows and forests...?

Dr. Jay SW said...

The "doga" thing seems pretty ridiculous...though I'd be impressed if someone came up with an effective way to practice yoga while dogsitting a hyperactive springer spaniel who takes any "getting down on the mat" as an invitation to wrestle....

I have mixed feelings about Ogden, myself. On the one hand, I find him funny. On the other, it's a bit distressing when, aside from the obligatory old Indian guru, he's the only male yogi pictured in an entire issue of Yoga Journal....

Kristin said...

I have attempted to practice yoga with my two dogs in the same room.
Invariably, my lab wants to lick my ears and face whenever I'm in down dog and my English Setter thinks the mat is a great place for him to do savasana. My "yoga" time with my hounds is sitting on the floor and just playing with them, or a nice long walk in the woods.

What struck my husband about the dogs+yoga article was the statement that "times are bad financially" and these studios are encouraging people who may already be strapped for cash to come and spend $25 on a class for their dogs.

Dr Jay - I completely agree that that is some pretty sad commentary that Ogden is "the guy" in YJ. You think they'd get a clue...

Sara said...

Did anyone notice how stressed out that little dog looked at being held up on top of its person? It looked like it felt like it was being dominated. It seems like forcing a dog into poses is a little unnatural.

On the other hand, my dog loves when I am on the floor. She'll come over, do down-dog, then walk under me and sit down on the mat like, "Well, I'm done with my practice - how about some petting now?"

As far as Ogden: I just saw the video yesterday and I'm behind on my magazines so I don't know much except that he is gross. I get the creepy-crawleys thinking about meeting someone like him.

Thanks for the fun post.