Now just so that there’s no misunderstanding, this isn’t just a class for your dog – it’s for you AND your dog – obviously. Writing for thebark.com, Julia Kamysz Lane makes a fair point though – if you watch the way dogs behave they generally have a bit of a yoga routine going in their own right – they stretch, they have a little routine going when they get up in the morning – they’re pretty much in the Sanskrit zone without any tuition whatsoever. So perhaps the point is really what we can learn from our beloved (if somewhat pampered) pets?
According to doga teacher Madhavi Bhatia, “what makes doga unique is the practice and benefits that create a harmony and synchronization of energy flow between the owner and dog.” What do you do? In broad terms, everything that you would do in a normal yoga class but the dog gets a workout as well and is incorporated into your practice.
So, benefits? Well it’s a bit of a bonding exercise, you learn a more natural approach to yoga from your canine pro, and mutual relaxation for all involved – after all, it’s a truth universally acknowledged that animals have a relaxing presence (unless they are peeing on the yoga mat).
Word to the wise however, a few things to look out for – over-relaxed drooling, doggie social butterflies interrupting your practice, and sleepy hounds feeling so relaxed that they don’t quite make it to the end of the class. Oh well, worse things could happen!
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