In this guide, you will learn how to start practicing Doga with your pooch, the benefits of Doga for both you and your furbaby, and 15 Doga poses. Get your yoga mat ready because it’s Doga time!
What is doga?
Although your pup may not be able to do many of the yoga poses, they often try to do them all right alongside you and they benefit from the stretching and concentration. After all, where do you think the “downward facing dog” pose came from? 🙂
Doga: Benefits of Doing Yoga With Your Dog
Similar Interest: Have you ever met someone you really like at a party or work and then find out they don’t like dogs? That is an instant red flag. Joining others who enjoy Doga is also great for you to meet others who are interested in the same things you and your pup are.
How to Start practicing Yoga with Your Dog?
15 Doga Yoga Poses & Positions
Here are some of my suggestions for quality DOGA time. Keep in mind this is not a full routine but some pose suggestion you could enjoy. Every pose (assana) has many inner meanings. Today, we will focus on the physical benefits of yoga, and the fun you can have with your dog.
Quiet Lotus Pose (Ardha Padmāsana)
Downward - Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Śvānāsana)
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Warrior One (Vīrabhadrāsana A)
Chair Pose Preparation
Warrior 2 (Vīrabhadrāsana B)
Sage Marichi's 3 (Marīchyāsana C)
Wheel Half (Ardha Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana)
Shoulder Stand (Sālamba Sarvāṅgāsana)
Savasana- The Corpse Pose
Are You and Your Pup Healthy Enough for Doga?
Make sure you talk to your veterinarian as well as your physician to make sure you are both healthy enough for yoga. While you are able to tell the doctor when things are bothering you, your dog cannot do that. So, you have to watch for those subtle signs that he may be overdoing it. If he is not up to doga, let him sit and watch. If either one of you has any kind of physical conditions that could make exercise a problem, make sure you take it easy and stay in tune with your body.
What Others Are Saying...
Some critics say that since yoga is a spiritual thing that having your dog practice with you is trivializing it. However, there is nothing wrong with enjoying the benefits of doga together. There is no way to know that your dog is not feeling deeply spiritual with you. No matter what you believe, nobody can say that inviting your dog into your yoga routine trivializes anything. What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
Get Out Your Doga Mats
Don’t forget to share with us some of your favorite Doga poses and some photos of you and your furbaby too.