- Yoga is something you’re probably familiar with… perhaps it’s something you even practice daily. But what about doga? Nope, that’s not a typo. Doga is literally the practice of yoga with dogs. Through acts of meditation, gentle massaging, and stretching, doga practitioners seek to achieve a greater harmony with their dogs!
The art of doga is gaining popularity; in fact, books have even been written about it. If you’re looking for another great way to spend time and bond with your pup, doga may be an excellent option for you!
This sounds silly, you may be thinking. Sure, it’s definitely not traditional, but doga certainly has some pawsome benefits, including:
- Improves circulation and range of motion.
- Strengthens and deepens your bond with your fluffy friend.
- Decreases anxiety and relieves stress in both you and your dog.
It’s important to realize that doga isn’t necessarily yoga for dogs; it’s practicing yoga with dogs. Dogs can be easily incorporated into our human yoga poses, which involves yogic breathing and has both a calming and soothing effect on your dog’s central nervous system. Not only that, but dogs are very intelligent when it comes to reading human energy– when you’re relaxed, your dog is naturally more relaxed too!
Some doga classes are more dog-centric, meaning you’ll actually help your dog do certain poses. If you’ve never participated in dog yoga before, here are some poses you can expect to do (whether you take a class or stay at home):
- Chaturanga: Have your dog lay on its stomach while you stroke its back.
- Chair: Your dog sits on its hind legs while you hold the dog from behind and raise its front paws in the air.
- Savasana: Your dog lies on its back while you stroke its exposed belly.
- Heart-to-hound Mudra: Place one hand on your heart and the other on your dog’s heart. Close your eyes and breathe slowly.
See? These aren’t complicated poses at all! In fact, you and your pup will be pros– even if you’ve never done yoga a day in your life! Wondering if your pup has doga pet-tential? For the most part, dogs of any size can get into doga. In fact, great danes and mastiffs have been among the many breeds to practice doga!
However, everything does depend on your dog’s personality– which only you know best! While doga has been shown to have a calming effect on hyperactive dogs, it may be best to start on your own before bringing Fido to a class with others.
If you’re looking for a fun and interactive bonding experience with your pup, start practicing your downward dog and try doga today!
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