Yoga with your furry friend
Are paw friends are always on are side and know when we feel bad . They are always reminding us to take a moment to feel love and connect with are self and are nature side . Having a pet is a great thing in a humans life and one that shows to have great benefits in helping us deal with stress better as they bring us calmness .
For this edition of home yoga I will show you how I do Doga ( dog Yoga ) with my little furry friend Nala. Doga is great to build a wonderful connect with your pet but its also great for both sides as it brings both you and the pet calmness & bonding .
Is Doga for you & your pet???
- Doga is not for every dog !! It take time for your dog and you to find a way to work together which is the idea behind Doga is finding a way to bond.
- At first your pet will thing its play time ! Nala ( My dog) sure though the same but as we kept doing the poses she learn & came to understand .
- Keep POINT is to be calm & don’t get upset if you dog doesn’t want to do it !! Remember this is something new for both of you .
My & Nala Doga Sequences
Step One : Making Room to do Doga
◊ Make sure you & your pet have room to do your Doga Sequences . You both don’t want to be bumming into things around you. So safe is always important !
Step Two Start the sequences or poses :
◊ I first start off in Mountain pose or prayer pose as Nala sit right in front of me in the mat !
Standing Forward bend Post
◊ I then move into expand my arms down as I bend my knees to get into Standing Forward bend pose ( UTTANASNA)
◊As you move your arms down pet your furry friend as they sit in front of you . As you can see Nala likes ! Hold the position for 1-2 minutes before going to the next pose.
◊ your pet can also lay down as you pet them during thee ( standing Forward bend pose) , which is another way to position your pet when doing this pose as you can see Nala is doing too !
◊ As you are bending in Standing Forward bend pose you can slowly position into child pose . As you can see Nala & my paws .
◊ Then place you dog or pet in your lap .
◊ Then position you dog or pet as if you where going to give them a stomach rub make sure to give the pet support by placing you hands behind their head or back as I am doing here with Nala .
◊ I then slowly bend forward my upper body as I hold Nala as if i where going to give her a hug and hold the position for 2 minutes . You can also just hold your pet supporting its back as you sit in a straight line back position as I am doing here with Nala Zones off.
◊ As you are in Child Pose let your pet go slowly and you then slowly get on a India sitting position . As your pet is sits in front of you. You can pet your pet while changing position to keep the dog in the mood .
◊Then pet your pet in your lap again and hold your dog or pet in front of your chest where your pet can feel you breath as you can feel theirs .
◊Slowly pet your dog or pet as you have your eyes closes . In this moment focus on your dogs or pets breathing as they will do the same . Do this for about 3 or 5 minutes and then slowly open your eyes and give your dog or pet a good hug 🙂
Here are some more Pose :
Here are some great poses to try with your furry friends .
This is a great Diagram above by Jennifer D’Angelis doing pose with her dog and showing how to do the positions. Doga is recommended by many yoga teachers for dogs or pets that have a lot of energy or have behavioral problems as it helps with focus .
My experiences & results with Nala :
I can personally say by experiences in doing yoga with Nala ( my dog) that it has help her control her super energy as before she would go crazy hoping around . Doing yoga with her for 2 years now I have seen a big change as she has energy but it not wild like before. We also have a much specially relation & bond that goes be on just been my best furry friend .
Now Nala actually pulls out the mat to tell me that its time for are Yoga 🙂 !! We do it two -times during the week .