In our quest to bring others into the practice of DOGA, today we will talk about the Downward Dog pose. What better pose to talk about first and foremost, yesterday at the All American Dog Runner Girl’s blog we spoke about mediation- so now that we’re relaxed. Let’s move on.
The Downward Dog- I think is the most talked about pose in Yoga, no? Even in passing the non Yogi or Dogi knows or has heard the term Downward Dog. And yes, it got it’s name and all from our canine friends.
And if you watch your dog they will automatically go into the pose as they get up in the morning.
Training your dog to do the pose on command!
To train your dog to do the pose on command, it’s really easy. Your basically following their cue and catching them naturally go into the pose!
As you get up in the morning you have to be on your toes, have your clicker and some treats on your nightstand or somewhere you can grab them quickly as the pose usually doesn’t last that long.
Now watch your dog as they get up and start to stretch….They will go into Downward Dog first (they will stretch their front and hind legs so catch them stretching their front legs as shown above)
Now it’s up to you to click that pose and tell your dog “Good Downward Dog- or just name it Downward Dog), and slip them a treat for a job well done. I mean what dog would not be happy for getting up, stretching and getting a treat for doing something they automatically do?
Do this anytime you catch them in the pose. It could be several times a day, every morning, etc……after awhile your dog will catch on and say hey- hey whenever Downward Dog is said it means to stretch like I normally do and I will get a treat ….right….
The human version of the pose
The human version we are stretching our legs out by keeping our legs straight and our heels down towards the ground, your heels do not need to touch the ground!
How to get into the pose:
To do Downward Dog we want to start on all fours- so we will be on our hands and knees.
Next we will tuck our toes under and slowly lift or bottom/ butts into the air (if needed you can do this one leg at a time. We will also be pushing the floor away with our arms that we end up in an inverted “V” as shown above!
Okay now we will hold the stretch for 10-30 seconds and slowly lower the knees to the ground, coming back on our hands and knees in a table top position. (Once again you can lower one leg at a time, to make things easier on you!)
** If you can not straighten your legs, do not worry, with practice and consistently practicing you will be able to within time. Remember not to race against anyone as this is you and your dogs practice and should be gone about as such, so you do what you can!
So that covers our second day of consecutive blogs bringing others along into our journey into the world of Doga, join us tomorrow for another peek into our journey!
Until then have a happy and healthy tail waggin day,