Simple Doga (yoga with your dog)

Boy and I started teaching Doga together this past summer. Although a yogi for many years, I hadn’t taken the time to do yoga with my dog until recently. We sure do enjoy it. I was very surprised that Boy and I (we’ve been together for nearly 12 weeks), could grow an even deeper bond, but we have! Doga has all the benefits of yoga for you and your dog like promoting relaxation, flexibility, lower blood pressure, and so much more.

Michelle’s Dogi Rules:

  • Always keep in touch with your dog in every position whether that’s your hand, your side (when lying on the floor, for example), or even a foot. The bond is being shared and trust is being build.
  • Pay attention to your body. Because you practicing yoga with your dog you will more than likely not have perfect form so listen to your body (for bad pain).
  • Have fun!

Why not try it? Here are a few simple poses for you and your dog to enjoy.

Downward Facing Dog

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Chair Pose 

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Mountain Pose

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Forward Fold

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BUILDING THE BRIDGE OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DOG AND PET GUARDIAN.
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More than Downward Facing Dog

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DOGA.  Well, Doga for sure goes beyond the well known yoga position of “downward facing dog.” Doga is a form of partnership yoga that includes a human and a dog. The practice of Doga uses breathing, massage, stretches, and physical postures. During Doga, the pet guardian focuses his/her mind on the present moment and their dog.

BENEFITS OF DOGA

The benefits of Doga are the same as yoga for the human; relaxation through breathing techniques, postures, and meditation. Let’s not forget it provides stress relief and improved posture and flexibility.

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Dogs benefit from Doga by the extra special time spent with owner, this time and experience creates a stronger BOND and in a training program this is foundational. The dogs’ bodies benefit from the stroking massage, and manipulation. In addition, with the many ways the pet guardian is handling their pet, the dogs learn trust.

Most importantly, dogs feed off of their pet guardians’  emotions, so during the practice of Doga the focus is on a calm relaxed response. When the owners are calm it helps the dogs relax.

Boy and I have enjoyed our Doga journey and all of it’s benefits. I am pretty sure that this is just the beginning. Have you tried Doga? What experiences did you have? Please share in comments below!

Oh! And Dallas peeps! Boy and I teach classes in your area. Click here to find details. 

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BLOG WRITTEN BY MICHELLE HUNTTING

BUILDING THE BRIDGE OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DOG AND PET GUARDIAN.

COME CHECK OUT MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL

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