Why One Should Do Yoga with Their Dog
Sometimes it seems really hard to go for gym and exercising. If you are not fan of doing excessive exercise you can engage yourself in doing yoga which is a mind-body practice that must be added into one’s daily life. But it seems boring and non-attractive activity when you do not have anyone to accompany you. If you do not have a partner to accompany you in doing yoga, you can pair up with your furry companion dog to do it with you. Yes! I said you can incorporate your dog into your yoga routine. The concept of doing yoga with your dog has nothing innovate but another way of bringing yoga in your daily life. In addition to this dogs pick up your energy if you are still they get still too.
Long walks, chasing, playing indoors or running are some regular activities that every dog loves. Shake up your dog’s regular routine by incorporating him with you while doing yoga. Even dogs cannot do every normal yoga pose but they will enjoy stretching and being with you. In addition to this both you and your dog will benefit from doing mindfulness-based exercise.
While doing yoga your body and mind are in mindful and calm state. Interacting with your dog in peaceful mind of state allows a new bonding experience. Especially when you do assisted poses that you and your companion dog is doing together. Creating different postures with your dog reduces its anxiety and helps your dog build trust on you. In addition to this touching various parts of the body can aid dogs in overcoming certain fears. For example, touching paws and toes can result in overcoming the fear of nail clipping. Not only this, dogs are inherently soothing and destressing therefore engaging with them in yet another activity will bring positive impact on you as well.
Yoga helps in increasing flexibility, weight reduction, maintaining balanced metabolism and increases muscles strength. It can help your dog to achieve better health as any kind of activity increases blood circulation. In addition to this if your dog is lazy peep yoga is one of the best options you can adopt to make him move his muscles, lose weight and to get active.
In addition to this it is claimed that people who have dogs as pet are less prone to allergies and asthma problem. Therefore, while doing yoga the existence of your dog can help you in breathing issues.
How to Do Doga:
Firstly, your dog should not be forced into it. Start the practice as per routine; he will be curious and someday will get encouraged to join you. If you have a smaller breed, you should lift in possess similar to Virabhadrasana (Warrior pose). It will make the practice more challenging. However Pooches is large breed therefore instead of lifting them up you can place your forehead on their back in Balasana (Child’s Pose) or bend over them in camel pose. In the downward dog position, your pooch can be beneath you. In the plank position you can incorporate him by keeping him before you or above you if you have steel endurance abs. In other poses like sitting cross-legged, you can place your hand on it rather than placing on your thighs.
To ensure prevention of injury or discomfort, it is best to go slow and be mindful of your as well as your pup’s body.
Wendy is a self-employed beauty therapist, mother of two; life-long pet parent and lover of dogs who somehow manages to squeeze in the time to satisfy another of her loves – writing. Wendy is the founder, main contributor to and editor of TotallyGoldens.com. You can learn more about pets on Cogopet.com