Yoga With Pets? Say Hello to Doga
The animal connection in yoga is nothing new.
Many of the most well-known poses are named after animals:
- Downward/upward dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana/ Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
- Cat pose (Marjayasana)
- Cow pose (Bitilasana)
- Crow pose (Bakasana)
- Pigeon pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
- Fish pose (Matsyasana)
- Eagle pose (Garudasana)
- Cobra pose (Bhujangasana)
The entire objective of yoga is to help us experience union – within ourselves and in the world around us.
Yoga teaches us to be in harmony with all living things.
Yoga isn’t something that we do but rather it’s a way of life.
When practiced in its entirety, the yogic path merges with many life areas.
Doga Can Strengthen Your Connection To Your Pet
Practicing yoga with your fur baby around just got a whole lot more interesting thanks to Doga (dog + yoga).
While this new style or way of practicing asana doesn’t involve your pooch partaking in the poses, it does add creative ways to include your pet into your practice.
Chances are your pet and you are very interconnected and they’re probably extremely perceptive of your moods and emotional state.
When you enter the flow state by mindfully moving your body and breathing rhythmically as we usually do in the vinyasa and ashtanga styles, your increased inner calm transfers to your dog.
Your practicing yoga doesn’t just calm down your nervous system, it also soothes your pup’s nervous system too.
When you become calm your dog will mirror that back to you.
You have an opportunity to create symbiotic unison together, and this can lead to the production of feel-good chemicals like endorphins and even oxytocin.
5 Ways To Practice Doga
1 – Allow your dog to be and act as they will.
This is where mindfulness comes into play – observing what is without judgment or having the need to change it.
In this way, your pup can be one of your biggest mindfulness teachers!
If they start annoying you or interrupting your flow – it’s ok!
Practice the yogic art of self-study and self-observation (Svadhyaya).
Practicing Svadhyaya can help you deepen your practice and sharpen yogic skills that you can take with you off the mat and into everyday moments.
2 – Small to medium-sized dogs can serve as weights.
You can prop them up when you’re in Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I), Crescent lunge, or Chair pose (Utkatasana) for example.
3 – Larger dogs can be bolsters.
Place your legs over your big furry one for a resting pose or place your forehead and arms over them during child’s pose.
4 – Incorporate yoga into your daily walks.
You can incorporate crescent lunges as you walk or take a squat (Malasana) during puppy sniff and pee breaks.
Other poses you can embody are tree pose (Vrkasana), dancer pose (Natarajasana), and mountain pose (Tadasana).
5 – They can be your savasana buddy.
Take final resting pose with your pup by either laying beside them or if they’re small enough placing them on top of you so they can take rest on your belly and the two of you can breathe together.
Coyote Inn Pet Policy
We’re delighted to have you and your pet as our guests.
To ensure a comfortable stay for yourself and fellow guests, we would appreciate if you would please observe the following guidelines. Hiking with dogs is great exercise and fun for both owner and animal.
However, you should be aware of certain inherent dangers when you and your dog are exploring the Southern Utah deserts. We would suggest that:
- Your dog be kept on a leash at all times. Our open spaces are vast and it is easy to get separated and lost.
- Pets should not be brought into public areas such as swimming pool, dining room, buildings, vans or on hikes. Our hiking staff can arrange one-on-one hikes for you and your dog, cost is $20 / hr.
- You stay on wide open trails to avoid contact with snakes, ticks and fleas that are more prevalent in high brush. We suggest you wash your dog after each hike with a tick and flea repellent. (this is furnished by our housekeeping staff) This will help your pet as well as prevent soil, fleas or ticks from entering the room.)
- Housekeeping and maintenance staff may need to enter your room when you are not present. If dogs are left alone in the room, housekeeping and maintenance will not enter. There is always the possibility that animals may escape through an open door, or they could attack staff if they feel their territory is being threatened.
- Barking or other noises must not disturb the other guests.
- There is a $25.00 per night charge for your pet’s stay and a $500.00 deposit is required which is fully refundable onthe condition of no damage.
Pet fee – $25 per night/pet
Refundable Pet Deposit – $500 charged to the guest’s credit card, refundable upon room inspection at check-out as a Cleaning and Damage deposit. Guest is responsible for any damage during the stay of guest and pet(s). Damage amounting to less than the deposit will be deducted from the deposit, all residual funds in the deposit account will be refunded.
Should the damage require a room to be shut-down for cleaning or repair, guest will pay costs of rental revenue and relocation of next intended occupants of room. Should and of these costs listed above exceed $500, guest will pay difference, charged to the credit card on file in guest’s folio.
Terms — Well behaved pets welcome. Barkers and howlers not allowed. Two pets maximum. Pets must be leashed in public areas. Pets must be crated if left on property unattended. Owner is responsible for pet’s behavior. You must make arrangements with housekeeping for service. Pets are not allowed on hikes, in pools, in dining room, classes or treatment center. Owners must clean up after pets.