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People can get very attached to their dogs. After all, they are loyal, lovable, compassionate and adorable; it would take a very heartless person to resist. In fact, some seem to love their canines so much that they attempt to humanize them. People spend huge amounts of money to outfit their dogs in everything from spikes to tutus and it may be true that many dogs eat better than much of the world’s population. Now, there seems to be a new way for people to bond with their dogs.
Doga, a.k.a. Dog Yoga
Doga is a form of yoga in which masters coax and stretch their unsuspecting dogs into yoga poses and, in turn, the dogs help by acting as props to facilitate the poses of their masters. One can only venture a guess as to what SNL or Christopher Guest might have done with this.
However, it would seem that Doga enthusiasts think extremely highly of their pets. Yoga has been credited with everything from controlling OCDs to relief of menstrual cramps to better sex! On a more serious note, yoga can help to achieve a strong body and mind and a sense of inner peace and harmony. Whether or not you chose to include Spot in your routine, here are some anytime yoga sequences you can do for some quick midday relaxation.
This quick pose will stretch at your hips and help you find your center. Before leaving your bed, lie on your back with your knees bent. Flex your feet and grip the outsides as you bring your knees apart. Bring your knees closer to the bed as you breath, releasing your hips and groin. Hold for five breath.
Warrior Pose III
Finished with dinner? Walk an arm’s distance from the table and bend your torso so that it is parallel to the ground. Grab hold of the end of the table and raise your right leg backward, keeping your gaze ahead and your head between your arms. If your body feels steady, release the table and extend your arms ahead of you. Hold for three breaths and then lower leg. Repeat with opposite leg.
Piriformis Stretch with Forward Fold
You can sneak this one in discreetly to keep yourself attentive at your next business meeting. As you sit, bring your right ankle above your left knee. Grip the sides of your chair and flex your right foot. Exhale, bringing your right knee toward the ground, folding your body slightly forward while keeping your back straight. Stay for 5 breaths, then switch legs and repeat.
Half Downward-Facing Dog
Stand looking at a desk or table. Your feet should be hip-width from one another. Inhale, flattening your palms together in front of your chest. As you exhale, extend your arms overhead and then reach them in front of you to hold on to the table. Push hips and back, firming your shoulder blades down to your spine, bringing your chest toward your thighs. Look down at your belly button and hold for ten breaths.
If you tried these poses, with Toto or sans, let us know how it went for you. Weigh in with your Doga experiences and comments. We love to hear from you.