Our Doga Journey
As we talk more about our Doga journey today……let’s fully define and write about Doga.
Where did we learn about Doga?
Okay, we learned about Doga years ago from two individuals. One being Suzi Teitelman of DogaDog.com and the other is Amy Stevens who made her DVD Yoga for Dogs! We read about Doga in a local magazine- Runners’ World?!?!? was it…….or some similar publications and we had to know more. Years ago my dog was suffering from Degenerative myelopathy which is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs. The disease has an insidious onset typically between 8 and 14 years of age. It begins with a loss of coordination (ataxia) in the hind limbs. The affected dog will wobble when walking, knuckle over or drag the feet. So her running career if you will was cut short, and being my BFF I wanted to continue to workout with her! We found Doga and never looked back.
My other dogs also got into the practice as well…..
Ok so what are the terms in Doga and what do they mean?
There are a few terms that are used freely in Doga (and yoga- okay slightly different in yoga) but you’ll get the idea. We just thought knowing some terms and all will help you really get into the full experience- it did us!
DOGA- of course, is dog assisted yoga or yoga with your dog. There are some poses for you, some for your dog- where you assist your dog or vice versa. And then there are some exercises/ poses that you will do together. And in our blogs here this year our goal is to help you break down these poses/ exercises so you can build your practice.
the Doga version of Namaste- meaning “I bow to the divine in you and you bow to the divine in me!”
Ommmm….is a chant that they do in Yoga- and we carry it through to Doga- our Dogs can become accustomed to this and even start chanting along with us! It’s used as a cue to start our practice- every morning when I wake I Omm and call my dogs to the mat! And they get up and do their first Downward and Upward Dogs….only to get ahead of me!
So these are the first of many terms yet to come at you this year, but it’s enough to start you off with a great DOGA practice or bonus HOGA or Nay OGA practice with your horse!!
Remember to come back here real soon to check out our next pose/ exercise and see how we break it down so you can do it with ease!
Tomorrow we will see you on the Rescued Dog Companion Beachbody Coach Blog here on this site, so stay tuned and until then have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.
The All American Dog Runner Girl
and her Four American Dogs