A new world record for the biggest dog yoga class was made in Hong Kong on 17 January with 270 pairs of puppies and yogis practising for just over half an hour. Led by 'doga' teacher, Suzette Ackerman, the participants massaged, twisted and stretched their furry friends in a series of poses. Ackerman said that in the fast-paced city doga is a great way to bond and relax with your pets.
"I think it's important. I think today they had fun. And people in Hong Kong are very busy with work. Like 24/7 working. A lot of them have pets but usually it's the helpers that take the dogs out for walks," said Ackerman.
"And I think that if you come up for a 'doga' class, you have at least an hour when you are connecting with your pet. It's just you and your pet. There's no TV in between, there's no people calling you up, or internet or Facebooking halfway. So you have a whole hour bonding with your pet. I think it's good," she added.
One participant, Susan Chan with her dog Sunshine, said she was honoured to have been part of a new world record and said she wanted to continue with the practice.
"I feel really, really good. It's kind of a really close relationship with my dog. Getting close to him. And the heart to heart. I like it," said Chan.
The record-breaking attempt has yet to be confirmed by the Guinness World Records but organisers were confident the record had been broken. The previous record for largest 'doga' class was set in San Diego on 25 January 2015 with 265 people and their pups turning up. All proceeds from the Hong Kong event are going to the Hong Kong Guide Dog Association.