Astor Street Dance Studio, co-owner Chris Jansen welcomes dogs
takes on new meaning when you add, well, a dog.
At Astor Street
Dance Studio, bringing your puppy to yoga is a Sunday morning ritual.
Co-owner Chris Jansen introduced the class in February out of sheer
convenience. "I am always bringing my dogs to class," he
says. "It just made sense to me that I should try to get this (doga)
In New York or
Chicago doga classes, owners gently stretch their dogs into positions
like "upward paw pose." But manipulating a pet didnít feel
right to Jansen. Heíd rather let Igor, Piggy and Bruno wander around
and interact on their own terms. "I canít imagine being an
animal and having someone try to put me in any position that I didnít
want to do. I want the dogs to be comfortable in class and to want to
come back as much as the people do."
"I am one
of those dog owners who thinks their dog should be able to go anywhere
with them," says Sara Rossman DeNisco, a figure-skating coach and
human resource associate. "My husband and family think itís
hilarious and not surprising that I attend doga. My favorite part is
using Rex as a crutch when I am lazy. Heís a strong dog so itís
nice to have him to lean on."
yogis through the poses of a gentle but effective yoga class and the
dogs act like dogs. Strike Warrior 1 while Homer, a golden retriever,
awaits attention. Whatís more Zen than petting a happy pup? "He
likes having somewhere welcoming to go to socialize with dogs and
people," owner Kristen Mekemson says. "I love how accepting
takes advantage of doga class to interact with her favorite types of
dogs ó other peopleís. "Itís very therapeutic," she
says. "Itís a great way to interact and get the benefit and
energy of a pet without having all the responsibility ó kind of like
being a grandparent."
(You, Your Yoga Mat and Your Dog)
person; dogs are free10-11:15 a.m. Sundays
Street Dance Studio1228 N. Astor St., Milwaukee(414) 213-1856