Nama-stay! Doga Gives Yoga A Furry Makeover
If you remember from my 2014 New Year’s resolutions, Oscar and I want to give Doga a try. Haven’t heard of it before? Not to worry – it’s a new dog-friendly activity that pooches and their owners can participate in together. By combining dogs and yoga, you get… Doga!
In an attempt to grow closer to their dogs, Doga enthusiasts strive to build unity and harmony through meditation, gentle massage, and stretching. You dog can take part either as a weight to help you keep balance, or you can guide him into some of the Doga moves.
Starting in large urban centers and seen by many as a fad, it’s now making its way across the country and picking up steam. Pet parents see it as a wonderful way to relax with their dog. Although it hasn’t be studied in detail, many believe it to prove health benefits for the dog as well. In fact, shelter dogs that have participate in Doga classes become much more calm and relaxed, as it gets them out of the noisy kennels and into a rejuvenating space with human interaction.
Just a few of the Doga poses your dog can master include chaturanga (the owner holds their dog’s front paws in the air as he sits); upward-paw pose (dogs stand on their hind legs, held by their owner); and the ever-popular resting pose (the owner reclines, legs slightly bent over the dog’s torso).
I have to admit, I’ve taken plain old yoga classes before and didn’t stick with it because I found it dull. But with Oscar involved, I think it will motivate me to go to classes since it’s so fun. Although we’ll still need to go out for a daily walk, I think the both of us could use some relaxing time together.
Have you ever tried Doga before? Do you think it’s a silly fad or a great bonding experience? Please share all your experiences and thoughts in the comment section below.
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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