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Rudy here.  Today’s topic is Dog Yoga.  Ever heard of it?
I have an open mind. I really do have an open mind.  This is my posture for accepting a new concept that has been brought to me. However, I am a bit skeptical.  Here it is—Doggie Yoga or Dog Yoga or the newest, DOGA.  Is it for me or them?

Well, as usual, I feel a little research is required.  I am a proper dog, a big German Shepherd Dog.  Should I tell my friends at the dog run?  Should I experience what life has to offer and just go for it or be trapped by the traditional training dogma?  The answer is YES GO FOR IT.  So I went to class last year.

Here is what I found out.  Dog Yoga or DOGA is an enlightenment exercise meant to create a stronger bond between human and dog.  The benefits of Dog Yoga is really about partner Yoga that allows for our humans to get our focus for an extended period of time.  This special DOGA time is usually 45 minutes.  I stretched, made new friends, and felt totally relaxed.

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STARTING YOGA CLASS ON A MAT

Here is the point:  Doga also creates a spiritual bond between dogs and their humans.  This bond is important too.  When they get to know us as a part of the family, with emotional needs, then we can truly experience what Dog Yoga has to offer: Bonding of the mind, body, and spirit with your human. 

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YOGA POSITION - GETTING RELAXED AND BONDING

K9-Karma is a transference of that emotional and environmental calmness and peace.  This can take place in the DOGA class and can be in the home, the dog run, and through our exploration of the world.

When I interact with humans through DOGA, through movement, you form a better bond for both humans and dogs.  In the dog run, I have seen dogs naturally stretch.  Exercising, stretching and chewing on bones or grass has a very calming effect.

The stretching and motion coupled with meditation and concentration keeps us in harmony.  It is a state of Zen for Dogs and their human partner and forms a stong Karma.  One question—who is the Yoga or Doga master?  I guess it really doesn’t matter, but I think it is for all of us.  Because my new friends know interacting with a big buddy is important in the city.

TREAT HELP THE EXPERIENCE

TREATS HELP THE EXPERIENCE

Further research has lead me to understand that there are around twelve exercises that DOGA focuses on: Center Breathing for Dogs through exercise, Doga downward facing dog for dogs and their humans, Meditation techniques for dogs and humans, Doga tree pose and salutation to the Sun, and a few more.   Group sits are learned by all my friends. 

GROUP SITS ARE LEARNED BY ALL

GROUP SITS ARE LEARNED BY ALL

OK, I can’t wait to try it AGAIN.  The classes are in my home town of Chicago at the Lakeshore Athletic Club at the end of February, March and April.   I think I will go with my girl friend,  she is a nice chocolate brown standard poodle named Schulzie after Charles Schulz.  More on her later.  Here is the web link to the class pdf. 

http://www.lsac.com/docs/flyers/1325%20Doggy%20Yoga%20Flyer.pdf

What do you think?  Have you ever gone to DOG YOGA class or can’t your Mr sit in lotus position or folded leaf? Let me know your comments, OK?

RUDY IN THE DOG RUN

RUDY IN THE DOG RUN

Rudy from the Dog Run

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One Response to “Dog Yoga, Doggie Yoga or Doga at the Dog Run”
  1. Mindy says:

    Not sure if it will work for all dogs. I just don’t think all dogs can stay calm enough, especially in a room full of other dogs. But the trend of is spreading even to the towns of the midwest. If there are added health benefits, I guess it’s worth a try.

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