Yoga is good for you. Could it be beneficial for your pooch? After all, they invented downward dog, right?
It sounds silly at first—yoga for dogs—but the people who take doggie yoga or "doga" classes with their canine family members can't stop raving about it.
Melba Sanchez has been doing doga with her miniature schnauzer Kasey for about three years now.
"People think I'm kind of crazy, but I tell them it's a great bonding time," Sanchez said. "I feel that I'm not only doing something good for myself, but I'm also doing something good for him."
Paula McNamer says her 12-year-old poodle Stryder is always excited to see the other dogs in the class, but is calm and relaxed when they go home.
"I definitely feel he gets something out of it. He feels closer to me," McNamer said. "I know that sounds kind of weird, but it's all about getting on the same page with your dog and sharing the energy."
McNamer and Sanchez take Sunday doga classes with Nicole Vykoukal, a registered yoga teacher and founder of Austin Doga in Texas.