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How To Doga (Do Yoga) With Your Dog

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Why You Should Doga Instead Of Yoga

Yoga is the ancient practice of aligning your physical body with your mental and spiritual self. It originated in India over 5,000 years ago. Its popularity in the mainstream has been on the rise since the 1960s.

However, traditional Yoga has given way to “Hot Yoga,” “Yoga with Goats,” and now, “Doga.” The first is done in a humid room to increase sweat output. Around 2016, a phenomenon swept the country of having goats graze nearby while one does traditional Yoga poses.

But by far the favorite amongst dog lovers is “Doga,” or “Dog Yoga.”

What is Dog Yoga or Doga?

Similar to Goat Yoga, Doga is adding dogs to Yoga. It can be done in two different ways. In one way, the dogs are simply in the same space. The dogs can interact with the person practicing Yoga. In some cases, dogs are welcome in regular Yoga studios, but must be contained, often in a small dog crate.

A more advanced type of Doga involves positioning your dog into some of the Yoga poses. The Downward-Facing Dog pose, for example, mimics the way dogs stretch using their entire bodies. It is a foundation pose in many Yoga practices.

5 Ways to Incorporate Your Dog Into Your Yoga Practice

Part of the reason we love dogs is their calm and easy-going temperament. Many dogs are open to new experiences because of their curiosity and inherent need to be with pack members at all times. And you’re your dog’s favorite pack member, right? 

So, you want to give Doga a try but don’t know how to start. Here are 5 tips for getting your dog involved in your Yoga exercises.

1. Take a Dog Yoga (Doga) Class

Your area may already have a Doga class at your local Yoga studio or you can find Doga classes online. However, if not, some Yoga teachers may be open to the idea of allowing dogs into the class.

Just having a dog milling around the room can enhance the Yoga experience. Be sure to check in with the class regarding any breed restrictions.

2. Doga at Home

If you don’t have a local Doga class or a willing teacher, consider practicing with your dog at home. In fact, your dog may be more comfortable at home where everything is familiar. In a new class with new people, your dog may be overwhelmed with the new smells and environment.

Even if your dog doesn’t do the actual pose themselves, you can incorporate the dog into your own poses, especially the strengthening poses.

 


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