Yoga With Dogs And Beer?

Enjoy this excerpt from Kimber Westphall's article in the Dallas Morning News featuring Namastay Doga.

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Sun salutations may adhere to the same general form in every single yoga class. But the sprinkles and flourishes that make each class unique are ever-evolving.

Yoga with your pet? You can do that. Yoga and beer? There’s a pairing I would not have conjured up.

Here are some of the most unusual yoga classes offered in the Dallas area:

Doga

This class takes downward dog to a whole new level. Maraliz Campos has an affinity for yoga and canines. She teaches human-dog partner classes each Sunday at 10 a.m. at Craddock Park (Lemmon and Dallas North Tollway) and at other locations around the area.

I’ve never had a dog as a pet and didn’t know how I was going to contort my body with a four-legged friend involved. But Campos is not only a dog whisperer, she is a mastermind with yoga. During class, she let me borrow one of her five rescue dogs: Misti, a sweet, one-eyed Chihuahua. Together we did traditional yoga poses such as warrior and bridge.

I mostly executed poses while I held Misti; I spent some of the time massaging her. It made me happy to see that she seemed to be enjoying it. Campos kept telling me that she was smiling. I couldn’t distinguish a smile, but then again I’m not well-versed on the subject of canine grins.

It was an endorphin-filled class that kept the dogs’ tails wagging and smiles on the humans’ faces the entire time.

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