NEW YORK — Humans lead busy lives, especially when it comes to balancing their jobs, family, meals, children, health and pets. Often, we feel as though there are never enough hours in the day for us to give full attention to all the aspects in our lives that make us the people we are.
One movement aims to unite two important aspects of our lives and, at the same time, help nurture our relationship between our minds, bodies and dogs.
Doga has been around for several years. It started over six years ago when many yoga studios around the world began offering Doga classes for you and your dog.
Mahny Djahanguiri, who taught her first Doga class in the Harrods’ Pet Spa in London, England, had been teaching yoga for over 12 years before she began incorporating dogs into her practice. She adopted a Maltese named Robbie that same year.
Although Doga tends to work best with dogs that are under 11 pounds, any size dog can benefit from it. Small dogs can be used as weights and larger dogs can be used to lean on. Most importantly, Doga brings dogs and their owners closer together. It is scheduled time away from all the other important things in life when the owner can focus entirely on themselves and on their dog.
Ms. Yang, a 39-year-old financial analyst in Manhattan, says the main reason she goes is to bond with her dog.
“I always leave with a smile,” she said.
Ms. Harendorf teaches Doga in Manhattan. She links yoga to reductions in stress hormones, like cortisol, and blood pressure.
“People always ask me, ‘Do dogs need yoga?’ ” said Harendorf. “I say, ‘No, you need yoga. But your dog needs your attention, and bonding with your pet is good for your health.’ ”
Here are a few poses that you can enjoy at home with your dog.
Would you ever consider Doga?