Downward-Facing Dog…for the Dog

Text from the July-August 2010 issue

For some dogs, being man’s best friend includes being man’s exercise partner. Involving you dog in your fitness routine can motivate you to stay active, as well as keep your dog fit and healthy.

Now many yoga studios are including dogs in the ancient practice to create dog – or yoga with dogs – for a fitness experience different than your typical jog in the park.

Using stretches, massage, and mediation, doga incorporates dogs into many traditional yoga positions, such as chaturanga, the sun salutation, and – of course – the downward-facing dogs.

Some dog owners attribute the dog’s additional weight to deepening their stretch. Others believe including dogs in yoa sissions further reduces stress and improves the dog’s circulation through massage.

But most dog owners will agree that the primary benefit of doga is additional bonding time with their pet. After all, traditional yoga is about harmony and union of all beings – humans and animal alike.

Photos found at DogaDog.

One Comment on “Downward-Facing Dog…for the Dog”

  1. Anjeanette says:

    Downward facing dog is one of the most important poses since it’s such a yoga staple. Most of our “dogs” could use a little refining. I found Leeann Carey has a free yoga video for hands-on adjustments in down dog. Thought your readers might want to check it out:

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