Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Funny–Dog Yoga

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.

For example;
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 meditated:
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.

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