Doga or Meowga? Try Pet Yoga!
We’ve all heard that yoga benefits humans. Its an ancient practice, believed to date back to between 5,000 to 10,000 years ago. Greater flexibility, strength, tone, circulation, and protection from injury are all known human benefits from this deeply respected practice. Some have raised eyebrows about baby goat yoga. Most leave saying they enjoyed it immensely. But have you heard of doga and meowga?
Animal shelters and yoga studios around the world have begun offering yoga classes where you can bring your own pet or practice human yoga with shelter dogs and/or cats or kittens that are available for adoptoin. Have you tried some paws-itively awesome yoga with your pets? At a shelter near you? In honor of International Day of Yoga on June 21, we put together a little information to help you try one or both.
Do Pets Need Yoga?
The answer depends on who you ask. Some instructors claim that doga can improve a pets posture and behavior. Most veterinarians agree that pets need regular, safe exercise but not specifically yoga. They also agree that pets need dedicated time with you to connect, relax and bond. Humans in the U.S. are in the need of more exercise and ways to de-stress. Pet yoga could be an excellent way to accomplish a healthy lifestyle for both of you.
Doga and Meowga
As a practice, doga benefits pups and pet parents alike through mindfulness-based exercises. You can improve your posture and sleep cycle while your fur baby benefits from increased circulation and bonding time with you! Although our cat friends might be less cooperative, the principle is the same.
You can contact your local shelter to see if they have considered offering doga or meowga as a fundraiser. We also found these options in our area if you’d like to try it with someone elses pets:
- Seattle Meowtropolitan—cafe with cat lounge and yoga classes
- 8 Petals Yoga Studio Meowga—yoga with kittens, proceeds benefit Whatcom Humane Society
Practice at Home
Of course its easiest if you can try something new right at home! There is a wide range of video available online to get you started. Now that you know the lingo, you can just tailor your search to fit your needs. This video is part of an expert series by GeoBeats.
There’s also a book by Seattle-based author, called Barking Buddha: Simple Soul Stretches for Yogi and Dogi if you like more information with your practice.
Below, we’ve also included from Fix.com a great starter guide to get you going with pet yoga!
Whether yoga is for you and your pets or not, Run Those Dogs encourages you to spend focused time with your pet each day and to ensure that you’re both getting the exercise you need for a long, happy, healthy life. When you just can’t get to exercising your pet, we’re here to help.