Jeff contacted Gracie's Bark to Spotlight his beautiful dog Harley. We are very excited to share their story.
"Harlequin Rose Costa is a pure bred Mantle Great Dane from Tolam Danes located in North Attleboro, MA (tolamdanes.com). She celebrates her one-year birthday this month. A happy resident of the Historic Downtown New Bedford Waterfront neighborhood and very much still a growing pup, “Harley” currently tips the scale at 106lbs and eats six cups of dry kibble a day plus treats. She sleeps in an oversized, hot pink, corduroy beanbag, loves to cuddle and enjoys long naps.
In addition to playtime and the occasional tug-of-war, Harley recommends a moderate amount of exercise every day. Including fitness as part of her daily routine keeps Harley strong, flexible and one-with-her-breath. This includes walking, running, playing, chasing, fetching, training and most recently, joining me “on the mat” for what we affectionately call Woof Yoga.
At first, I admit, I thought Harley was just being curious, sniffing around the Gaiam blocks and foam rollers in my studio. I imagined, perhaps she was attracted to the pink rubber of my Jade brand sticky mat. But as it turns out . . . her interest was, in fact, something more.
Harley began showing signs of what the Kripalu Yoga Institute calls “the inquiry of yoga!” It started with an innocent enough Upha Vista, or Up Dog pose one morning, upon waking from her hot pink pillow. Then out of nowhere there were these two-limbed Phalanakasanas or Plank balancing poses connecting in a vinyasa flow! Sure enough by the following week, Harley was at a classic Kripalu stage three - “letting yoga flow through her”: there was Ananda Balasana, or Happy Baby pose; several Garbhasanas, or Child poses; and every kind of Virabhadrasana, or Warrior pose, you could imagine.
The posture alignment in her Ardha Muka Svanasana, or Downward Facing Dog pose, is like an Iyengar textbook model of perfection! Ever since, motivated by the pursuit of joyful living, Harley shares in a daily yoga adventure of inquiry, practice and play.
If you and/or your pooch are interested in joining Jeff and/or Harley for their private classes in Woof Yoga and more, please don’t hesitate to contact one of them online at JeffCostaFitness.com or by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Namaste. Woof. Woof. Woof." ~Jeff Costa
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