If it’s good for adults, children and whole families, surely it must be healthy for non-homo sapiens. That, anyway, is part of the rationale behind “doga,” or yoga for dogs, a practice that is offered at a special studio in Scottsdale, Arizona.
According to ABC 15 Arizona, this class – which promotes good health and relaxation among canines – is no joke, but rather a way to help your dog unwind and be as relaxed as you are.
The news source said that each class consists of 10 poses, which masters help their furry friends engage in as a way to stretch, breathe and pursue tranquility.
This system is something dogs have been engaging in, though without as much structure, for thousands of years, according to the book Doga by Jennifer Brilliant and William Berloni.
With tongue only slightly in cheek, these authors note that doga is about the same thing that yoga is for humans.
“In general, doga is best thought of as a philosophy of living that helps unite body and mind in healthy, joyous awareness,” they write.
As examples, they picture a dog methodically stretching its front and hind legs, then sitting peacefully.