Bend it like Fido?
Published on Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Many of us are well aware of the health benefits of yoga to our physical and mental well-being. But, have you considered how it might also benefit our furry friends? Introducing dog yoga, a novel activity that you can do with your animal companion! Dog yoga not only explores the physical and mental aspects of self, it also strengthens your bond with your canine friend. It has been said to help relieve stress-induced disorders like insomnia and poor diet and alleviate aching joints and strengthen internal organs.
How it works
Breathing exercises are always done at the start of each session to clear the mind and prepare the body for the exercises ahead. As you calm down, so will your pet. After a round of stretching to warm the muscles, different poses are performed. An example of a pose is the wheel barrow that requires the owner to stretch a canine’s hind legs and have it stand on its front legs. This helps to strengthen their limbs and release tension at the spine. Another stance is the cobra pose. The dog is encouraged to look up as far possible, promoting flexibility and is purportedly beneficial for the lungs. Most classes conclude with a relaxed stance where the pet will be placed on the owner’s belly or asked to lie down beside them.
Can my furkid do it?
Dog yoga is suitable for most breeds though bigger dogs might not be able to participate in every pose, as some require owners to lift their animal companion above their heads. However, they can still do the stretching exercises. That being said, poses can be modified to accommodate large and small canines.