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Take Your Dog to 'Doga'

Mar 17, 2016 11:30AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

A doga class - photo via Aimee Hyatt.

Yoga...for dogs? Yes, 'doga' is a real thing and it's coming to Manhattan Beach this weekend. On Sunday, March 20, dogs and dog owners are invited to join yoga teacher and certified animal massage therapist Aimee Hyatt for a doga session in Manhattan Beach.

The doga workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at Bruce's Beach on Highland Avenue, at the lower west side of the park (bring quarters for parking). The workshop is free, but participants are asked to register at Eventbrite in advance.

'Doga' is said to reduce stress, nourish the mind-body-spirit connection and foster the human-canine bond. According to Aimee Hyatt, yoga is perfect for dogs and owners because it is about being in the moment and developing a sense of oneness; and dogs live in the moment and enjoy doing things together as pack animals.

As per doga etiquette, owners are asked to keep their dogs on leash at class until all dogs have settled down.

Healthy Spot is a pet store with a health emphasis with several locations in the greater L.A. area. It will be opening a location in Manhattan Beach at 204 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (near Two Guns Espresso) later this spring.

In advance of its opening, Healthy Spot has been sponsoring local dog events. On Saturday, March 19, Healthy Spot will lead one of its "Howls & Hikes" events on Veterans Parkway (the greenbelt) in Manhattan Beach. Led by local hiking and nature expert, Tara Berro, the group will meet at Fry's Parking lot at 3600 N. Sepulveda Blvd. at 10:45 a.m. The walk will take place from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

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