Black Dog Yoga brings in new cardio based yoga and dance at The Dog Pound

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melissa110BY MELISSA CHUA

Black Dog Yoga has become a Mecca for all yoga lovers near and far, since they opened their doors in 2002 in Sherman Oaks. “We have an amazing community of students who are serious about our yoga, (and) incredible (and) talented teachers who are real people living in the real world,” said studio manager, Rose Gresch. “We let (our) teachers be who they are…teach who they are authentically,” she said.

Black Dog Yoga’s schedule consists of a variety of yoga styles for the first time yogi to the advanced yoga guru-types. Black Dog includes practices in Anusara and Ashtanga yoga to Restorative and Yin yoga. “We have an eclectic blend of yoga (because) we really try to cover everything for everyone,” said Gresch.

Black Dog Yoga offers a colorful selection of yoga styles for every yogi taught by gifted instructors in one of two beautifully designed rooms. Photo: Melissa Chua

Black Dog Yoga offers a colorful selection of yoga styles for every yogi taught by gifted instructors in one of two beautifully designed rooms. Great classes for kids too! Photos courtesy Black Dog Yoga

Black Dog Yoga was originally founded by husband and wife, Shirley and Steve O’ Connor. After careful consideration for a unique studio name, the couple soon decided to name it after their all American black dog, Marley. The new owner, Peter Barnett, is a local Valley dweller of Sherman Oaks as well as one of the studio instructors. As the owner, Barnett oversaw the studio’s transformation into two upstairs studio rooms and now the newly polished cardio studio downstairs.

Black Dog transformed their downstairs room into a cardio-based studio to kick off the new year. Their additional studio called The Dog Pound, (because they had to continue with the dog theme, says Gresch) offers high-intensity workout classes.

Owner, Peter

Peter Barnett has been the owner of Black Dog Yoga for the last two years.

“We thought there was a need to open something for students with a different option keeping in the spirit of what we do,” said Gresch.

Rose Gresch is Black Dog's studio manager.

Rose Gresch is Black Dog's studio manager.

The Dog Pound carries a selection of cardiovascular workout sessions including “Belly RockNSoul” belly dancing, “Mixed Martial Arts” and Joe Rivera’s circuit training “Kick-BoX Burn”. The Dog Pound’s “Nasty To The Core” class with Chappell Westlake integrates yoga and dance moves using resistance tools to define, correct and strength muscle imbalances. “X-Factor and “Cross-Train” classes are a fusion of yoga with traditional exercise modalities, incorporating cardio, light weights, resistance bands and core strengthening. All Dog Pound classes are complimentary to Black Dog’s yoga practices. Single classes are $17.

The Dog Pound, Black Dog's new downstairs cardio studio, offers high intensity workout classes such as bellydancing, kickboxing and cross-training. Single classes are $17.

The Dog Pound, Black Dog's new downstairs cardio studio, offers high intensity workout classes such as bellydancing, kickboxing and cross-training. Mention MY DAILY FIND and get one class free.

And if you have children, it’s never too early to start them on their yoga mats. Black Dog’s sister studio, Two Hearts, is located just a few doors down. Two Hearts studio offers classes in pre-natal and post-natal, mommy and me, toddler yoga, and yoga for fertility and menopause. Two Hearts owner, Georgina O’Farrill and Black Dog’s Barnett teamed up to offer yoga for everyone. Drop-off the kids at Two Hearts while adult yogis maintain their practice at Black Dog and maybe get a little cardio in at The Dog Pound.

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For more information: Black Dog Yoga, 4454 Van Nuys Blvd Suite 206 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 blackdogyoga.net

Poca Dot is the new Black Dog Yoga mascot.

Poca Dot is the new Black Dog Yoga mascot.

Two Hearts Yoga, 4454 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite 215 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 twoheartsyoga.com

Melissa Chua is a journalism graduate from Cal-State Northridge. She is a freelance writer, and a regular contributor and copy editor for LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health magazine. When she’s not on deadline, she enjoys doing yoga at different studios along Ventura Boulevard and on the West side, hiking, dancing and traveling to anywhere with a tropical climate and beautiful beaches.

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