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Who let the dogs in the yoga class?
真是好狗命 狗狗也要練瑜珈

Doga instructor Suzi Teitelman and dog Roxy are pictured in, a straddle pose , Florida in 2009.
狗瑜珈老師蘇西‧泰特曼與愛犬羅克西二OO九年在佛羅里達州朋特維拉海灘,練習瑜珈,盤腿式。

Photo: Reuters
照片:路透

When yoga goes to the dogs, they call it doga.

And while doga may not, fitness-wise, measure up to a game of fetch or a run on the beach, experts say practicing yoga with your pet can soothe the not-so-savage beasts of both person and pooch.

“I consider it partner yoga,” said Suzi Teitelman, a Florida-based instructor who has been teaching doga to man, woman and beast since 2002. “It’s my lifelong passion.”

Teitelman stumbled upon doga because her dog liked to lie under her while she practiced.

“When you feel good, they feel good,” she said. “They want to be around your goodness.”

Classes, DVDs and a training manual followed. Teitelman said she’s trained more than 100 people around the world in doga, some from as far away as China and Japan.

Disco yoga, kid yoga, beach yoga, spin yoga and yogalites are but a few of the trendy hybrids saluting the sun at fitness centers these days, all takeoffs on the 5,000-year-old practice that coordinates movement and breath.

But Teitelman insists she teaches a traditional yoga class, even if the downward facing dog is flesh and blood.

“We chant together to feel the vibrations, then we start moving into twists and turns,” she said.

Traditional poses such as warriors, triangles and backbends follow, possibly enhanced by a little dog balanced at the belly or waist.

Teitelman believes the rewards of yoga accrue to human and animal alike.

Doga isn’t about dogs doing yoga, but rather owners interacting with their dogs.

Teitelman also believes doga can embrace other domesticated creatures.

(REUTERS)

當瑜珈與狗狗扯上邊,人們稱之為狗瑜珈。

狗瑜珈可能無法與一場你丟我撿遊戲,或是在海灘上奔跑的運動量等量齊觀;但專家表示,飼主與愛犬一起練習瑜珈可以紓解人類與狗兒內心中,不太野的獸性。

狗瑜珈老師蘇西‧泰特曼說:「我視它為伴侶瑜珈。」她說:「它是我畢生的熱情。」泰特曼從二零零二年就開始在佛羅里達州教授瑜珈至今,其學生有男有女,也有其他動物。

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. measure up to v. phr.

等量齊觀;符合 (deng3 liang4 qi2 guan1; fu2 he2)

例: The results didn’t quite measure up to her expectations.

(結果並不那麼符合她的期待。)

2. stumble upon v. phr.

偶然接觸到 (ou3 ran2 jie1 chu4 dao4)

例: I stumbled upon this book when I was at the bookstore yesterday.

(我昨天在書店,偶然接觸到這本書。)

3. be enhanced by v phr.

加強;加持 (jia1 qiang2; jia1 chi2)

例: The wonderful acting in the movie was enhanced by a great cast and an impeccable script.

(因卡司堅強與無懈可擊劇本的加持下,才能造就電影中精彩的演出。)


泰特曼因愛犬過去喜歡在她練瑜珈時臥躺其下,所以偶然接觸到狗瑜珈。

她說:「當你感到愉快,牠們亦然。」她說:「牠們想在你身邊感染你的好心情。」

接著就是上課、看DVD,以及閱讀訓練手冊。泰特曼說她已教過百位以上從世界各國來學習狗瑜珈的人,有些甚至遠從中國與日本來。

迪斯可瑜珈、兒童瑜珈、海灘瑜珈、旋轉瑜珈與瑜珈拉提斯都是當今在健身房流行敬拜太陽的混合瑜珈的幾種。不管是哪種瑜珈,皆始於五千年前讓肢體與呼吸合為一體的修練。

但泰特曼堅持她教的是傳統瑜珈課程,即使是面朝下方的狗兒,也是血肉之軀。

她說:「我們一起吟誦,感受心靈相通;然後我們就開始練習扭腰轉體。」

接著練習傳統的姿勢像是戰士式、三角式與後仰式,若搭配小型犬平衡在肚子或腰部,或許可以加強這些動作的效果。

泰特曼相信,瑜珈不僅能讓人類受惠,其他動物也是一樣。

狗瑜珈並非狗兒自個兒做瑜珈,而是飼主與愛犬的互動。

泰特曼也相信狗瑜珈可以廣納其他被馴養的動物。

(路透/翻譯:林亞蒂)

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