As yoga is more and more popular these days, there are only a small amount of people who haven’t experienced it, I went to yoga class last year very often, it is really useful to help us calm down and relax, although I like fitball yoga more. To dogs, they are also doing yoga, believe it or not, it’s true.
During dog yoga, owners go through stretches and try to put their dogs into
some basic yoga poses. The pet parent and their companion work as one unit. They
practice deep breathing and all movements are slow. Nothing is fast. Nothing is
loud. This can also cultivate an affection between dogs and owners, just like
play with dogs using a plush dog toy or any other
activities that need interactions.
At the start of each class, the companions gather in a circle on yoga mats.
First, the group does breathing exercises. The dogs become relaxed and in tune
with their pet parent’s energy. Soon there is a calm and peaceful energy which
fills the room. Then the participants move into the yoga poses.
Wheel Pose: The pet parent moves into the Wheel Pose. Once
secure and balanced the Yoga instructor or’a class partner will place the dog
(if it is small) on the belly of their companion. The dog and pet parent breathe
and it is surprising, their breath aligns and they almost breathe as one.
Or my favorite poses, since I had been doing this for years as I
Corpse Pose: After a good work out, it is time for dog and pet
parent to pause and deeply connect. The human lies in corpse pose, but with one
arm extended out to their side. Their companion nestles into their parent’s arm
and body. How peaceful they are. My dogs and I have been doing this for many
years. I swear it is as important for them as it is for me.
The dog yoga class is mostly for the pet parent and a little bit of yoga for
the dogs. There’s only so much you can do with the dogs because they come in so
many different sizes and temperaments. It has to be mentioned that some of the
dogs will spend the whole class roaming the yoga studio, but that is ok. The dog
yoga enthusiast emphasis is on the union between pet parent and dog.
So dog owners, don’t always leave your dogs indoor, bring them to yoga
studio, they would find more fun than staying in dog beds or dog houses all day.