The Washington Times - April 10, 2009, 06:04AM

American dog owners increasingly are sharing their yoga classes with their dogs, the Independent is reporting.

The trend started in Manhattan seven years ago and is slowly spreading across the country. Practitioners say it allows them to bond with their pets, but yoga purists say it detracts from the art.

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You know, a dog is probably the only pet you could take to a yoga class and get any benefit out of it.  A cat would pay you less attention that it would a dust bunny.  And a goldfish would keep forgetting to breathe.

Yoga, it seems, had dogs in mind at its inception.  It’s included a couple of “dog” poses — Upward Facing Dog and Downward Facing Dog.  Oh, and Tree Pose.

You have to be careful with Tree Pose because your dog might get the urge for a bathroom break.

Yoga classes usually include a meditation period, which makes me wonder what dogs meditate about.  The neighbor’s cat?  That car that keeps getting away?  The stimulus package?  Meat?