What is Dog Yoga ?
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A Different Type Of Doga For Everyone
Doga classes around the world have different expectations of the dogs within the class. Some classes are a typical yoga class, but with several friendly and inquisitive dogs roaming around. Other classes are full and regular masterclasses of poses and massages which the owner teaches and manipulates the dog into. Other classes teach poses between owner and dog which they can hold together – imagine holding the downward facing dog pose, with your dog!
The beautiful thing about having such a large range of interpretations of how to involve your dog in your sun salutations, is that there really is a Doga class suitable for every pet and owner. A quick search of “Doga + your state/county” should bring up at least a few results in your locality, but if there isn’t any then why not consider starting your own?
Health Benefits of Doga
There are obvious health benefits to both owner and dog with the regular practice of Doga, as well as improving the positive relationship between owner and pup. Classes which involve you massaging and stretching your dogs into positions under the watchful eye of an instructor, have had great results in calming excited dogs, and all those stretches are great for helping with the symptoms of digestive issues while aiding circulation and boosting cardiovascular function.
Undoubtedly the biggest health benefit to taking your dog to Doga, is the laughter and smiles your dog will undoubtedly bring to the class. Breathing techniques are a key component in Yoga, and indeed in Doga too, however it can be a little more challenging to concentrate on your breathing exercises while trying not to laugh at your dogs antics!
With the rise in popularity of Acroyoga, it is only a matter of time before this dizzying mixture of acrobatics and yoga will be integrating our pups in it’s most popular poses – you read it here first! Acroyoga teaches balance, trust and improves spacial awareness, making it the perfect activity to share with our beloved pets!
Doga for fun
You don’t have to be good at yoga to enjoy Doga, there are no world championships, yet! And as it is unlikely to become an Olympic sport any time soon, the competitive edge is off and you and your dog are free to have fun and enjoy Doga!
You can learn Doga in a class setting, or from the comfort of your own home. There is a growing number of Youtube channels and Pinterest boards featuring inspiration for you and your dog to try at home, with an ever expanding list of possible poses you can try as you both become Doga masters.
Why not let us know in the comments how your first attempt was? We hope you laugh as much as we did the first time we attempted an ‘upwards facing dog’ pose with our resident office Chihuahua!