Doggie Yoga: Doga!
Yoga, the “healing art” is becoming increasingly popular as people are realizing its mental and physical benefits. It has, in fact, been practiced for over 5,000 years.
Yoga is considered to be a “mind-body” exercise. It benefits and strengthens muscles, circulation, bones, joints and the respiratory system. It has also been found to decrease stress and to help people become calmer, more peaceful and mindful.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our dogs could also benefit from this experience?
What if there was a way that we could improve our bonding with our canine companions?
Well, there is! It’s called Doga.
What is Doga all about?
Several yoga teachers came up with this idea to allow furry friends to reap the benefits of the practice of yoga. Doga includes your doggy in your yoga routines so that your beloved poochie can be involved and gain from the experience.
You can enroll in yoga classes in a studio, and you can also practice in your own home.
How will my dog be involved?
Don’t be alarmed, your pooch will not be required to learn the various yoga poses! He/she will be incorporated into your yoga routine in specific ways:
- Large doggies will be encouraged to sit or lie down next to your mat as you practice your poses.
- Smaller pooches may be lifted as you perform certain poses.
- You and your dog may rest together during specific exercises.
Are you getting the picture? As you can see, these practices encourage your dog to be close to you during your routine, improving bonding.
What are the benefits of Doga for my pooch?
We live in a very stressful world and our furry friends can pick up on this. Consequently, we may develop psychological issues and our dogs’ stress levels may result in behavioural problems.
Your dog will be encouraged to become calm and mindful during your routine. This is of great benefit to those high-energy doggies who never seem to calm down! We know that our dogs are capable of picking up our energy levels. Your calmness and peacefulness that you acquire during your yoga sessions will rub off on your doggie.
The time your furry friend spends in close contact with you during the Doga sessions, will create closer bonds in a calm, ambient environment. It is the perfect way to spend quality time with your dog.
We can all benefit from physical exercise, including, of course, our dogs. Doga is a great way to increase your dog’s physical activity. The fact that it is low-impact, gentle and increases blood flow, makes it particularly appropriate for older dogs and those with joint issues or arthritis. It also improves mobility and strengthens muscles.
Remember, that if your dog shows any discomfort or has any health problems, you should consult your vet before embarking on any new exercise program.
How can I find out more about Doga?
Easy! You will find a lot of information online and there are plenty of books available.
Doga will bring many benefits to your dog and to you. Why don’t you give it a try?
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