As dog parents, our pups depend on us to take care of them and love them. This is why it is important that we also take care of our physical and mental health so we can be at our best in providing them the best care. And when it comes to exercises that improve both mental and physical well-being, yoga is among the most popular choices. But in recent years, yoga has also been transformed into different variations, and that includes “doga” which literally means “dog yoga.”
Doga carries several benefits for you and your fur baby, so if you’re looking into practicing this with your pup, here are some beginner poses you may want to explore.
Heart to Hound Mudra
This pose is rather easy to execute and aims to establish a connection between you and your dog’s energy. To do this, start with an Indian sit, and place your dog right in front of you. Place your left hand on your heart, and your other hand on your pup’s heart. Gently close your eyes and breathe slowly. You will notice that this calming exercise brings in a soothing flow of energy between you and your fur baby.
You will be surprised that you’ve been doing this yoga pose with your dog all this time. It’s rather simple and includes one of your fur baby’s favorite activities, petting. To do the Savasana, simply have your dog lay on its back with its belly exposed. Then, start stroking your doggo’s belly as you simultaneously breathe slowly. This gives you some downtime and also relaxes your dog.
Also a part of the set of poses for human yoga, the Chaturanga looks like a plank or a push-up, focusing on strengthening the core, as well as the back and arms. In doga, this pose is made simpler so you and your pup can enjoy it. To execute this, simply have your dog lay on their belly and sit beside them as you slowly rub their back. This will help provide calmness to both you and your dog, and is also a good way to get them warm up to this new exercise.
Puppy Paw Mudra
One of the more complicated doga poses, the Puppy Paw Mudra requires you to have your dog lay on its stomach with its front legs extended. Once your dog is in this position, kneel behind them and place your head on their back, with your hands placed on their front paws. Breathe deeply and as you do, turn your head to the side. It’s one of the most relaxing poses when doing yoga with puppies.
The Chair Pose requires a little bit of temp check as it is one of those poses that your pup is comfortable with. To do this, let your doggo sit on its back paws. Have their front paws in the air as you support their torso, almost like making them sit like a human. This pose improves your dog’s back and balance as well.
These are just some of the simpler dog yoga poses you can do with your pup. But while most of these can be executed with ease, it’s important to always be extra gentle and careful as some dogs are more sensitive to these poses than others.