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Doga Is Yoga With Your Dog

Would You Do Yoga With Your Dog?

When I first heard about doga classes (yoga with your dog), I thought it was too bizarre to catch on, but it seems that classes are cropping up all over the place. Some people feel that it's a slap in the face to this ancient tradition, while others believe doga makes perfect sense since it coincides with yogic principles that encourage living in harmony with all living beings. Classes aren't just about doing Downward Facing Dog while your dog sleeps on your mat. You actually assist your dog to help him or her do yoga poses and gentle stretches. Doga also incorporates doggie massage and meditation.

I'm all for anything that encourages humans and animals to exercise and be healthy, but a line may have been crossed here. Tell me, is doga laughable or something you'd lap up?

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Casarah13 Casarah13 6 years
How would you get a workout when your concentrating on what your dog is doing? Ive tried baby yoga and it wasn't any fun. This doesn't sound like fun either.
biarose biarose 6 years
I don't know about making them do the exercises.. But actually a lot of poses mirror what I see my pets doing all the time. You know, like the cat stretch, downward dog and upward dog.
biarose biarose 6 years
I don't know about making them do the exercises.. But actually a lot of poses mirror what I see my pets doing all the time. You know, like the cat stretch, downward dog and upward dog.
klevans klevans 6 years
prooobably not. how about a cat? mm still no.
la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 6 years
Every time i try to do cardio at home, one of my dogs thinks that i am initiating play time and he will jump on me (130 lbs) ... its cute but i don't get a good workout.... maybe he would calm down with yoga though hmm...
bonchicbongenre bonchicbongenre 6 years
I would definitely try. Of course, I am obsessed with dog and always have her around me.
CanadianAlissa CanadianAlissa 6 years
i have two black labs and they enjoy joining in on any exercises. yoga, pilates, stretching, even running on the treadmill they are stuck to me like glue.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
My dog is good at meditating, but yoga would probably wear him out.
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
these* days...
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
these* days...
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
I guess it would be fun, but I feel like the spiritual side of yoga is being put aside more and more this days. I'm sure you can't really concentrate with a dog on your stomach!...
kml032686 kml032686 6 years
Every time I do yoga at home my dog thinks its a great idea to sit or lay down next to me. She gets really excited it about it. She's a larger dog (samoyed) and sometimes gets in the way but I love having her there. I would definitely try it.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I don't really do yoga on my own anyway, but adding a 70 lb geriatric lab/Rottweiler to the mix certainly wouldn't be my idea of a good time. Plus, she sometimes gets the worst doggie gas...having my dog fart in my face would be pretty disgusting.
cg130 cg130 6 years
Heh, my dog couldn't stay still long enough!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
No, it's ridiculous.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
No, it's ridiculous.
photodee photodee 6 years
haha - our poochie is 100bs and if I'm on the floor he wants my lap - no way!!!
Smacks83 Smacks83 6 years
Where's the "I do not do yoga, but do not begrudge my dog to do it" option?
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
No.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
No.
syako syako 6 years
I want to see that bulldog doing yoga!
genipher85 genipher85 6 years
How do you get them to do what you want?
missyd missyd 6 years
Would I??? I HAVE! And its awesome and so much fun. Granted I only have a little 26lb Shetland Sheepdog, but she is my favorite thing/girly in the *entire* world and I include her in whatever I can. That includes my 'Doga'. LOL. She loved it! She told me ;) LMAO
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I have to laugh, because I feel like I am doing Doga daily when I do my home practice. My dogs are like velcro and are always touching me in some way. If I'm bent into Downward Dog, they're crawling to lay underneath me and try to lick my face. Upward Dog, they're usually hopping over my back and licking my face. Child's pose is a game to them and usually I have one on either side trying to squeeze their noses under my armpits to get at my face. Sometimes my Benny (pictured) will lay on his back when I'm laying on my back for a pose, and he'll cock his head over to look at me while his feet are spread eagle. Oh and when I'm doing a forward bend, Benny likes to "peekaboo" me by walking through my legs from behind and standing so that he has free access to lick my face for as long as I can tolerate it. It's so much fun, but they do sometimes disrupt my practice and in a class setting, I think they'd be more interested in the other dogs than me.
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