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When your body, mind and soul are healthy and harmonious, you will bring health and harmony to those around you, and health and harmony to the world.” - BKS Iyengar

studioClassLisaAt Smiling Dog Yoga, it is our mission to help you become a healthier, happier version of yourself.  And we believe yoga can help you get there.  We pride ourselves on being serene, without the scene.  Many of our classes have people aged between 20-80 years old and we offer classes with enough variety to allow everyone to stretch, strengthen, grow, and evolve.  If you are looking to get started with us, try our New Student Intro Offer for 30 days, check out our class schedule, or drop by our center. Although yoga is the proverbial backbone of our business, Smiling Dog is also home massage therapy, our retail boutique, and coming soon our Smiling Dog Cafe. We hope that you will take some time to navigate our website to learn more about all that we have to offer, but more importantly, we hope you’ll drop in to experience the Smiling Dog community in person.

It’s easy to see that Yoga is hugely popular and more widely practiced than it once was. You are here because you practice yoga already or perhaps are interested in beginning. Isn’t it curious that this ancient, somewhat mystical system of knowledge and physical conditioning is finding new importance in the modern western world, so culturally different from the soil of the east where it sprung? We live in a difficult time, full of crisis, stress, and intense distractions, and it seems that Yoga is finding such relevance in our times because its teachings help to ground us in our physical and psychological reality and its techniques foster personal growth and evolution.

studioRetailAreaIn yoga, we find brilliant yet simple practices to revitalize our ever-changing body, to heal our wounds and injuries, to purify our nervous system, to rest our mind, and to enjoy greater energy and better health. At Smiling Dog Yoga we stand by the fact that whomever practices yoga will be enlivened in his or her own way. Practicing Yoga appropriately and respectfully can help all of us live more conscious lives and transform our world today.

Even physiologists who don’t do yoga now agree that the practice provides benefits well beyond flexibility and relaxation. Recent research—though preliminary—shows that yoga may also improve strength, aerobic capacity, and lung function. If you practice yoga, you already knew that. But if, like others, you’ve been told by friends, family, doctors, or even other yoga students that you need to add some running for your heart or strength training for your muscles, here’s evidence that yoga is all you need for a fit mind and body.

Smiling Dog Yoga was founded in 2008. The name was chosen because who doesn’t love a smiling dog with their goofy, toothy grins? They remind us to smile, wag our tails, love each other, enjoy life, and not take ourselves too seriously. More tail wagging, less barking please!