Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
Now, get into a Downward Dog. Or, better yet, get your dog to do it!
I wish I was joking, but nope. Apparently, Yoga for dogs–or “Doga”–is the new fad. I’ve posted a few links below that you can check out if you’d like to hear more about it. (If it makes any difference, Betty White and her pooch is in one of them.)
To be honest with you, I’m not sure I’d literally get my dog do to Yoga–even though he is a Buddhist. Maybe I would do Yoga in his presence, or maybe I would give him a few stretches and massages, but… Yoga? He’s got that “down” to a tee!
Seriously, though. Suzi Teitelman, the creator of Doga, even admits that “Yoga originally came from animals… Monks sitting in the forest, watching animals just be” (NJ.com). Whether her information is accurate or not, I think she’s onto something… but I’m not sure we ‘need’ to teach our dogs Yoga. Most dogs I’ve ever met, including mine obviously, does a downward dog as they rise from a nap (which is pretty often, if you ask me.) Needless to say, Doga certainly can’t be harmful (at least, I don’t think.) Perhaps it is actually healing as she claims it to be–who knows?
Personal experience has taught me that Yoga is an effective practice to heal one’s body holistically; my dog has taught me that it can be done anywhere–not just on the yoga mat–and should be done often. I swear, my dog is a Buddhist!
On that note, namaste. Or, should I say “woof?”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ4UPP1mM7I&feature=player_embedded (Betty White reference)