The Rise Of Doing Yoga With Your Dog

The Rise Of Doing Yoga With Your Dog

Yoga has been helping people get stronger, stay calmer, and remain flexible for thousands of years. It seems only natural then that Man’s Best Friend is now welcomed alongside their humans on the yoga mat, too.

As we look toward International Day of Yoga on 21 June, we are highlighting the wonderful benefits for both you and your dog participating in Dog Yoga, also known as Doga.

Doga pose - downward dog

What Is Doga?

Doga is a trend that was created by Suzi Teitelman in 2001 and has been growing in popularity in the yoga community.

Many dog owners find that this is a fun way to not only take part in an exercise class, but to spend quality time with their pup as well.

There are two types of dog yoga—also known as doga. The first is simply a yoga class with your dog by your side. Your pooch is not required to practice any particular moves or synchronize her downward dog pose with yours (ha). Instead, she has a chance to socialise with other dogs and people in the class, and soak up the calming yoga atmosphere.

The second style of doga is much more hands-on. In this version, you’ll gently guide your dog through various stretches, like chair pose (where you gently raise your dog’s front legs up in the air while she sits on her back legs) and wheelbarrow (lifting your pup’s back legs up in the air).

Doga pose

Benefits of Doga

Just as there is seen to be benefits both mentally and physically with yoga in people, the same is said for the practitioners of doga. Some people have said that this practice allows them to feel more connected with their dogs.

Other benefits include:

  • Improving the dog’s circulation
  • Provision of exercise for injured or obese dogs
  • Aiding in relaxation and stress relief
  • Works as behavioral therapy
  • Can soothe hyperactive or anxious dogs
  • Helps to develop impulse control

It may not be as stimulating as taking your dog to the local dog park or for a run, but the practice of doga is still quite helpful to both you and your pup.

To learn more about some common Doga poses, click here to view this helpful video guide. But remember, always consider consulting with your Vet prior to understand if your dog’s health and mobility is suitable for doggy yoga.

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