Most people have heard of yoga, which involves stretching and breathing exercises to help with stress relief, flexibility, core strength, and a whole myriad of other reasons, depending on what you read. Most people have also heard of dogs, and if you haven’t, you’ve probably been living in a hole watching cat videos for your entire life! So assuming you have heard of both dogs and yoga, you might be interested to hear about Doga, which (as the title suggests) is a combination of dogs, and yoga!
Ok, but that definition is a little vague, so let’s get into a little more detail. Doga is fairly simple. In a class with others, you carry out various yoga exercises, but this time your dog will accompany you. In turn, you will help your dog carry out their own variations of yoga poses. This can involve meditation, light stretching and gentle massage. This takes doing the ‘downward dog’ to a whole new level! Now it has been slightly criticised, because, as it turns out, dogs can sometimes be a little distracting and so put people off their poses, but as long as they are trained, any dogs (big or small) are more than welcome!
Why do Doga? What are the potential benefits of this seemingly crazy activity? Well besides being relaxing, it can be a fantastic way to bond with your pet, and it has been claimed it can help lengthen both dog and human years! Doga is also set in a calm social setting, and so you can meet fellow yoga and dog lovers, not to mention meeting their own four-legged friends! Through Doga, it is now possible to connect with your dog on an entirely new level!
If you would like more information about Doga, including more details about the practice and benefits, then ‘Doga, Yoga for Dogs’ by Mahny Djahanguiri is definitely the book for you!
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