Happy International Yoga Day! Yoga is an ancient practice with origins stretching back thousands of years in India. It is designed to help achieve a more positive outlook on life and a focused, permanent sense of serenity and peace. There are many different types of Yoga forms and techniques but one of the most common has gone to the dogs – literally. “Doga” short for dog yoga, is a form of regular yoga that incorporates your pets! In other words, it allows you to work out all while bonding with your furry friend! There is no training needed and it is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes! Now you can get the most time out of your exercise routine and your pup!
Both spending time with your pets and your overall health are very important, Doga combines these things in a way that allows you to bond while becoming stronger, fitter, and happier!
Here are the top 5 reasons why yoga is good for you and your pup:
1. It’s a great work out.
First of all and most obviously, yoga is a fantastic workout for your body. You can adapt the practices to your own speed and level of comfort. No matter which yoga exercises you choose, the practices will always be part of a great workout routine. There are some fantastic series of movements out there that are perfect for every kind of day and for every kind of person (and pup). The more you work out, the more you can incorporate your pet to work out with you as well! This can build them strong muscle all while maintaining a healthy weight!
2. It can Relieve stress.
We all find ways to deal with stress, but yoga on the other hand, employs a number of relaxation techniques, which, with regular practice, can make you calmer overall! Along with training your body, yoga trains your mind to see the bigger picture and act from integrity instead of freaking out. Whether its stress from work, school, etc, it is pretty obvious to your pet when you are far from relaxed. Your stress can reflect on the stress your pup may potentially have or feel. Our companions care so much about us and can get just as worked up when you are. Yoga can relieve that stress and anxiety from you both and create a calming environment for you pet.
3. It can develop your physical and mental strength.
Another side effect of yoga is that it will help you develop some truly incredible mental and physical strength. The whole point of yoga is to work on your body’s strength so that you can sit for longer in meditation, and the physical investment in the stretches and positions ensures that you’ll experience plenty of physical strength benefits as a result. The more physical you are, the more physical your pup will tend to be and it is important you continue to build your pups strength in every way.
4. It can improve your sleep.
Another pleasant benefit is that doing yoga can actually help you get better sleep. This might be due to the fact that a few sequences of poses and movements are intended to be done right before sleep, but regardless, studies have shown that doing some light physical activity before our heads hit the hay can help us get off to sleep more quickly, which usually leads to a much better quality of sleep. If you’re one who tends to sleep with your pet, those restless nights can effect them just as much as they effect you. You will realize once your sleeping patterns start to get better, your pup will feel much more relaxed and at peace!