Manic: Me….but less so now since I’ve been doing yoga!
Managed: And when guest writer and fitness writer, Marguerite Boyer, asked if she could tell our readers about doing yoga with your dog, I was quite intrigued, so I agreed! Read all about it…
Doga – Yoga with Your Dog
Yes, you read it right! Yoga is no longer confined to humans – it is now for dogs as well! Doga, also known as doggy yoga, is a unique idea that helps you to exercise with your own dog.
It is a very elating experience, particularly if you want to get spiritually uplifted and physically fit, when performing with your pet. Interestingly, your own dog now gets an opportunity to experience the same sense of harmony and peace after a Doga session. According to the Doga instructors, doing yoga with your dog helps you to purify, balance, synchronize, and transcend your mind as well as your body. This practice is unique because it leads to a synchronization of energy flow between you and your pet.
This is probably because dogs have the power to detect energy around them with their special instincts, and then respond to it accordingly. Have you ever noticed that even dogs become anxious or look stressful when you become anxious? Similarly, they also look energetic at the time when they see you thrilled with something. So, this means that dogs can identify the energy in the surrounding environment. And, when dogs also get stressed out, they need yoga to calm down, don’t they? Well, this is why doga has come into practice.
Do Dogs perform Doga?
As a matter of fact, dogs do not practice yoga on their own. It is actually the people who help their dogs perform so that they can focus on breath and mind simultaneously. In the doga session, the pet owners can even guide their dogs on practicing several yoga poses. Doga is suitable for dogs of any age, but people prefer beginning with the younger dogs (a pup), as it is very easy to train them.
What Happens in a Doga Session?
Usually, a Doga class begins with some breathing exercises followed by a small walk with certain poses to be performed on the way. Then, there is a seated yoga session for half an hour with dogs. The goal also includes offering some exercise to dogs where the practitioners also learn a few massage techniques for their dogs’ joints and legs to make them feel relaxed. The learners also make use of mats to go through a few stretches and the trial of putting their dogs in a few yoga poses. The key is to remain calm and not get excited or else the dogs might sense it and they might start jumping.
What are the Benefits of Doga?
Doga offers several benefits to you as well as to your dog as listed below.
- It strengthens the human-animal bond between you and your pet.
- Yoga when done with pet makes beginners more comfortable, relaxed, and focused, as it is not easy to maintain poses ,they can easily be distracted. However, with a dog, it becomes easy to focus on poses.
- Doga helps in calming down hyper active dogs, as it stimulates the release of endorphins even in dogs.
- Doga is very useful for injured dogs because of the inclusion of joint massage that help in reducing joint stiffness and increasing flexibility.
In short, Doga is a great way to keep your pet calm and happy. Remember, happy pets refer to happy owners as well! So, do take your dog for a Doga session today!
***Editor’s Note – After reading this post from our guest writer, we found a website link that has Doga instruction videos! So you can order that if you are interested in learning more about this interesting way to exercise and bond with your pooch!
Our guest writer’s bio:
Marguerite being a fitness enthusiast loves to blog on fitness and topics related to fitness. You can check out her latest post on on her website that is called The Fitness Geek.
When I perform a yoga pose, my dog, Annie, is always down on the floor somewhere near….whether she is actually doing a “doggie asana” I really can’t say because I am totally intent on my pose and am not really watching her. But she is an attentive presence ever mindful of my every move, so I would say that she indeed benefits as much as I do from a little session of yoga. Afterwards, we enjoy a stroll around the neighborhood– where one of us takes nice deep breaths gazing at the sky, while the other prefers sniffing closer to the ground.
Maryanne, I love your comment!
I haven’t been able to find any Doga facilities in my area, so I just do it at home with my dog. Each week I get a new Yoga DVD through my Blockbuster @Home so that Max and I always have something new to do, and we don’t have due dates, so we’re never rushed. I can’t say that he knows exactly what poses he’s doing, but he loves that I’m on the ground on his level. I got the idea from a girl I work with at DISH who showed me videos of owners and their dogs doing doga. Many of the dogs seemed to be like mine, and they just loved the attention of their owners helping them around. I do appreciate you posting the benefits of Doga; now that I know how that can be done, Max and I can start striving for just that!
Thank you to Maryanne and to Amee….your dogs have good Mamas! Love it!