Fitness Friday

This Yoga Class Brings a Whole New Meaning to Downward Dog

Sit and nama-stay with your pup this weekend.

By Abby Ledoux March 30, 2018

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You don't have to be enlightened to know about goat yoga—all you need is WiFi. Equal parts bizarre and adorable, this farm animal fitness craze seems to be a perennial trend, popping back up on Instagram just when you thought the novelty wore off. USA Today reports it began in New York, but barnyard classes have more recently garnered press in Arizona and Oregon.

Look, I'm from Vermont, where a lot weirder stuff happens than goat yoga. Actually, we've been practicing the yoga-with-animals thing there long before it was popular: I remember the days when a picture of someone downward dog-ing on a horse would elicit a sideways glance before a double tap, but I digress. I'm not sure how close you can get to nirvana with an animal nibbling at your feet, but whatever floats your goat.

If you're of opinion that furry friends make great vinyasa partners, you're in luck: Saturday, March 31 is your chance to get your downward dog on—literally—with a dog yoga class at Meadowlake Pet Resort and Training Center, the same place that held this year's Puppy Bowl. Starting at 11 a.m., a YogaOne Studio instructor will lead a 45-minute beginner flow suitable for yogis and dogs of any skill level. The studio advises pups 25 pounds and under will be better incorporated into the poses, which enhance flexibility and strength.

Post-savanasa, guests can snack on light refreshments and tour the property–which offers lodging, doggy daycare, training, and grooming—with Meadowlake staff. The $10 yoga class is open to 30 yogi-and-pup pairs; reserve a spot by calling 713-413-1633.

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