Woof! Doggy Yoga sweeps Seattle

Photo from AP Photo by Ted S. Warren

What started out as a fundraising exhibition for the Humane Society has turned into a genuine phenomenon for Seattle massage therapist and yoga instructor Brenda Bryan. At a Humane society event in 2006, Brenda was asked to provide dog massage at the charity event at Seattle’s Hotel Monaco. The event was a doggie fashion show and Brenda was there to give massage to the “models”.

During the event Brenda spoke with a representative from the shelter who asked about the service she was providing for the dogs and Brenda mentioned she was a yoga instructor as well as a massage therapist and dog lover. She was asked to teach a dog yoga class at Seattle-King County Humane Society in Bellevue, just outside Seattle, and her new career mushroomed from there. Since then Brenda has developed Barking Buddha Doga, a yoga class that incorporates dogs and her book, Barking Buddha; Simple Soul Stretches for Yogi and Dogi will be out spring 2009.

Brenda recently was a guest on the live and local Stay-up Late Show, starring Rebecca M. Davis. Here’s a video of her appearance on the show, complete with well-behaved doggies on stage.

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