Have you and your pooch considered yoga?

Yogis are giving a new meaning to the pose downward dog.

Yogis are giving a more literal sense to the phrase downward facing dog as they're practicing the pose among others with their dogs. The new routine, dubbed doga, strengthens the body as well as the bond between man and his best friend.

Poses for pets
According to The Bark, you and your four-legged friend can practice doga and have a great time, even if you're new to yoga. Get ready for class by bringing some water for you and Fido, dog treats and an extra mat. Be sure your canine has had a Hartz® flea and tick treatment, too. Other pets can transport parasites to the class. 

If you have yoga experience, try doga in your living room. All Things Dog Blog explained that you should pick a place in your house that's not slippery, but near furniture for support.

Here are some poses that work best for doga, suggested All Things Dog Blog:

  • Warrior I
  • Warrior II
  • Downward facing dog
  • Cobra
  • Child's pose.

The benefits of doga
Although it seems counterintuitive to meditate with your raucous pooch, it can be rewarding on many levels. Instructor Carrie Boyko explained in a separate All Things Dog Blog article that her heart melted when her pooch's paw touched her chest during her practice. Not to mention, her canines have offered her physical and moral support during challenging moments.

Calm your mind and play with your dog all in one practice. Namaste.

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