Thursday, April 09, 2009

New contender for dumbest "trend" of the year

I hesitate to even call this a trend since I think some reporter was on a deadline and made something up but apparently the doga craze is sweeping the nation.

Oh, you mean you've never heard of doga? Basically, it's yoga but with dogs. From what I can gather looking through the photo gallery you pretty much just do yoga except your dog lays next to you. In particularly tricky positions someone will place your confused dog on top of you. Why is any of this a good idea?
Guiding these techniques is an agreed-upon, though not officially stated, philosophy: Because dogs are pack animals, they are a natural match for yoga’s emphasis on union and connection with other beings.
And they like any opportunity to sniff another dog's asshole.

According to the article people like Grace Yang pay $15 to $25 a session because it can help "deepen her stretches by providing extra weight" although "the main reason she goes is to bond with her dog." Right, and there's clearly no other way to do that other than doga.

Not everyone is happy with this though. Several quotes from real-life yoga instructors complain about the potential to turn yoga into nothing more than a fad (hahaha, uhh, too late on that front) while another describes the experience like this:
“A stuffed animal — but not even a dog-shaped stuffed animal — was used by the instructor,” she said. Owners struggled to get their very real dogs to replicate the stuffed-animal poses, she said, and bags of treats were used to get the dogs to change positions. “It was lunacy,” Ms. Apro recalled. “Peanuts, my retired racer greyhound, didn’t participate at all. Instead, I did downward-facing dog while he ate the most treats he’s ever had in a 60-minute period.”
Yeah, that's pretty much how I envisioned it.


Blogger Shawn said...

Don't know if the fact that two blogs I subscribe to are talking about this article is a good or bad or meaningful thing, but....

12:55 AM  

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