Activities For Yoga Enthusiasts With Dogs

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Introduction

They say yoga is good for your mind, body, and soul. So if it's good for you, is it good for your dog as well? Many experts think it is. One of the goals of yoga is to create a more relaxed and calm state of being and this works not only for you but your dog, too. It relieves stress and builds the bond between you and your furry friend. It's not expensive and can be done almost anywhere. Yoga with dogs is called 'doga' and it helps create a synchronization and harmony between dog and pet parent. It's easy because your pet won't be doing yoga poses...you will. If you want to try it, limber up and stretch out. Namaste.

Beginning Doga

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Activity description
This is how to get started doing doga with your dog. You can either practice this at home or enroll in a doga class. This exercise should be fun and relaxing for both of you. Getting started may take a little patience but most dogs want to be with you and do what you're doing so they usually quickly become willing participants in the game. If you want, play some soft music, light some incense or some candles, and dim the lights. The setting already makes you feel better, doesn't it? Now take a few cleansing breaths and get started.
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First step
Position yourself on your yoga mat. Start as you would with any yoga session. Your dog will probably come over to investigate what you're doing. Encourage them to lay down beside the mat. Bend over, keeping your legs straight, and reach out and rub and pat your dog so they know they are welcome. A few soft words may help as well. Dogs are normally attracted to yoga mats because they are stable and don't slip around, plus they're soft.
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Relaxed breathing
Sit down and cross your legs on your mat with your dog either sitting next to you or on your lap. Take deep, calming breaths. Focus on each breath in and each breath out. Think about your love for your dog and getting in sync with them. Nothing else exists. It's just you and your dog.
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Massage your dog
Now, place your hands on your dog. Make gentle, rubbing motions, massaging your dog lovingly. This is a special moment for bonding with your fur baby. Keep up your deep, calming breaths while you run your hands over your dog's body. Sit this way, breathing and massaging silently, for two minutes.
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The Chair

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This is a simple yoga pose your dog can do with your help. It will allow your dog to enjoy being in your hands and the trust will grow with every rendition. You are in charge, just as your dog likes it, because you are the pack leader that they depend on. Not only that, dogs love having attention lavished on them and that is exactly what a yoga session will supply: love, warmth and affection.
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Get in position
Have your dog sit directly in front of you, facing away and smooth your hands over them, soothing and rubbing until they feel nice and calm. The dog will enjoy this portion of the exercise simply because you are touching them. Remember to keep breathing deeply as you do this.
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Up with their paws
Hold your dog around the middle and raise their front paws in the air, even with their shoulders. Massage your dog's shoulders as you lift, to help increase their stretch. This is a very relaxing position that shouldn't harm your dog in any way. They will probably enjoy sitting like this with you. for as long as you'll let them.
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Know you're helping
As you sit with your dog in this position focus on how this is helping your pup. It helps strengthen the joints and muscles in their back legs. It also stretches the muscles in their abdomen and front legs. It is a calm position that increases your animal's trust in you.
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Small Dog Lift

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This is a simple pose that allows you to stretch your body. It can be done easily and almost anywhere. All you need is your small dog. If you happen to have a larger dog,  there is a variation that doesn't require you to pick your dog up. As always, breathing is important and that is what your mind should be focused on. The slow rhythm of your breathing will pass along a sense of calmness and serenity to your canine yoga partner.
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Take your place
Stand on your yoga mat with your feet slightly apart. Breathe in. Now lift your hands skywards stretching your arms up straight. Doesn't it feel good to stretch those arm and back muscles while your mind is focused on calming thoughts?
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Do a bend
Now roll over from your waist dropping your arms straight down. Your hands should be extended towards but not on the floor. Allow your head to hang downward without tension in your muscles. Hold this position for a few moments.
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Raise your pup
Grasp your dog around the middle with firm but gentle hands. Raise them straight up to about waist height. This will add weight to your bend and increase the stretch. Hold this position for a couple of moments or until your dog decides their feet have been off the ground long enough. If you have a larger dog try placing your head on the dog's back.
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More Fun Ideas...

Sun Salute

Start in a seated position with your dog standing in front of you. Gently, carefully, lift your dog's back legs upward. Hold on to his thighs. While in this position massage his upper thighs. If your dog will, have them stretch their torso. This pose helps stretch the abdomen and it strengthens your dog's front leg joints.

Heart-to-Hound Mundra

Sit on your mat and cross your legs. Have your dog sit in front of you or on your lap with their head facing away from you. Place one hand on your heart and the other on your dog's heart. Now close your eyes and focus your mind on your breathing.

Conclusion

Doga is not only beneficial for the health of you and your dog it's a great way to build the bond between the two of you. Your dog will love spending time with you and you'll get your  yoga workout in without leaving your pup alone. And remember as a wise person once said about yoga - "don't just do something - sit there!"