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12 Benefits Of Doing Yoga With Your Dog

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Many people believe that yoga is only for people who are flexible and have a lot of time to devote to practice. But this isn’t the case at all! Yoga can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of age, flexibility, or experience. And what could be better than practicing yoga with your beloved furry friend by your side?

Dogs can be great yoga partners because they are always eager to please and they offer unconditional love. Plus, they can be a source of motivation when you need an extra push to get through your practice. Here are 12 benefits of doing yoga with your dog:

  1. Yoga with your dog is a great way to bond and build trust with each other.

Doing yoga together can help you feel more connected to your dog and deepen the bond that you share. This is because you’ll be working on building trust and communication with each other as you move through the poses.

Dogs will also often mirror our emotions, so if you’re feeling relaxed and at ease in your practice, your dog is likely to pick up on that energy and feel the same way.

  1. It’s a great way to boost your pet’s health & fitness

Just like us, our dogs need to exercise to stay healthy and fit. And what better way to do that than by practicing yoga together?

Yoga can help improve your dog’s flexibility, strength, and stamina. It’s also a great way to massage their muscles and joints, which can help relieve any pain or stiffness they may be feeling.

Getting tired while doing yoga will improve their diet and help your dog lose any unwanted weight.

  1. It can help calm an anxious or stressed dog

If your dog is feeling anxious or stressed, doing yoga together can be a great way to help them relax. The deep breathing and gentle stretches of yoga can help to calm and soothe both you and your dog.

Yoga is known to help reduce stress and anxiety in people, so it’s likely that it can have the same effect on dogs.

  1. It’s a fun way to socialize with your dog

If you’re looking for a fun way to socialize with your dog, yoga class is the perfect place to do it!

In a yoga class, you’ll be surrounded by other friendly people and dogs who are all there to relax and have a good time. This is a great opportunity for your dog to meet new friends and learn how to socialize in a calm and relaxed setting.

  1. It can help your dog focus & concentration

The concentration required for yoga can also help improve your dog’s focus and concentration. As you move through the poses, your dog will need to pay attention to you in order to follow your lead.

This concentration will help them to develop a strong focus, which can be beneficial in other areas of their life such as obedience training or tricks.

  1. It’s a great way to tire out an energetic dog

If you have an energetic dog who never seems to tire, yoga may be just what you need! The gentle movements and deep breathing of yoga can help to calm and relax even the most active of dogs.

After a good yoga session, your dog will likely be tired and ready for a nap. This is a great way to get some peace and quiet if you live with a particularly rambunctious pup.

  1. It can improve your dog’s balance & coordination

Yoga can also help to improve your dog’s balance and coordination. As they move through the poses, they will need to use their core muscles to stay upright. This will help to strengthen their core and improve their balance.

The coordination required to follow your lead will also help to improve your dog’s coordination.

  1. It’s a great way for puppies to learn self-control

If you have a young puppy, yoga is a great way to teach them self-control. The concentration required for yoga will help them to better focus on you and follow your lead.

This focus will help them to develop self-control, which is an important skill for puppies to learn.

  1. It can be used as a bonding tool for you and your dog

Yoga is a great way to bond with your dog. As you move through the poses together, you’ll be working on building trust and communication with each other. This can help to deepen the bond that you share.

In addition, the relaxing effects of yoga can help to create a calm and loving environment between you and your dog.

  1. It’s a great way to exercise flexibility

Yoga is a great way to exercise your flexibility. As you move through the poses, you’ll be stretching your muscles and joints. This can help to improve your flexibility over time.

In addition, the deep breathing of yoga can also help to stretch your lungs and increase your overall lung capacity.

  1. It’s a great way to get in touch with your pet

Yoga is a great way to get in touch with your pet. The close physical contact and the need to focus on each other can help you to feel more connected to your dog.

In addition, the calming effects of yoga can help you to better understand and connect with your dog’s emotional state.

  1. It’s a great way to reduce stress

Yoga is known to help reduce stress in people, so it’s likely that it can have the same effect on dogs. The deep breathing and gentle stretches of yoga can help to calm and soothe both you and your dog.

If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress in your life, doing yoga with your dog is a great option!

If you are doing other outdoor activities with your dog like hiking, airsoft, playing fetch, or going for a run, you may want to consider doing yoga with your dog as well. Yoga can help to supplement these activities and provide a more well-rounded workout for your dog.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering doing yoga with your dog:

  1. Choose a location that is quiet and free from distractions. This will help you both to focus on yoga and bond with each other.
  2. Start with simple poses and build up to more complex ones. This will help your dog gradually build its strength and flexibility.
  3. Make sure to praise your dog often during the session. This will help them to feel good about what they’re doing and encourage them to keep going.
  4. If your dog seems to be struggling with a pose, don’t force them into it. Instead, help them to modify the pose so that they are comfortable and can still get the benefits of the stretch.
  5. End the session on a positive note by doing a few relaxations poses together. This will help you both to feel calm and relaxed after a good workout.

Doing yoga with your dog is a great way to bond with each other while getting some exercise. It’s also a great way to reduce stress in your life. So why not give it a try? You may be surprised at how much you enjoy it! Thanks for reading!

 

About Zoe

Avatar Zoë is a freelance Dance and Yoga teacher based in the UK. As a trained Contemporary Dancer and Dance Teacher, Yoga has always played an essential role in Zoë's career. Since graduating from All Yoga in 2018, Zoë now works as part of the All Yoga Team and has opened her own studio, 'Flow Dance & Yoga' offering Yoga and Dance classes in Cornwall in the UK.

Zoë took her Yoga Teacher Training with All Yoga in August 2018 and since then has become self employed as a Dance and Yoga teacher in the UK.

To find out more about Zoë, where she is, and where she is teaching, take a look at her website; flowdanceyoga.co.uk, Instagram or at Facebook.

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