We’ve all been guilty of showing that Labrador puppy passing on the street a little too much attention, and as a nation we just can’t get enough of our cuddly canines, but does the term ‘man’s best friend’ extend to our workout spaces? Taking your dog to yoga is a trend taking the nation by storm – providing wellness benefits as well as the perfect doggydaycare solution to your gym trip. It really is giving puppy training a whole new meaning!
So, what’s it like? We’re pretty sure that our own playful pups would be too restless to get involved, especially with the calming principles which yoga is founded on, but apparently it’s a barking success! The moves are the same, but dog yoga – or ‘doga’ – involves associating yourself with your pet and their surrounding pack. You’re encouraged to pant and point your paws like your furry friend at these classes, leaving behind all British reserve and ideas of embarrassment. Being able to let go of social norms in this safe space is undoubtedly good for our mental health, on top of the obvious physical benefits of stretching our bodies. It’s necessary for our wellbeing to let out our inner animal every once in a while, and 2018 is the year of the dog, after all! This pet-friendly practice is taught nationwide, but in these classes you are expected to BYOD (bring your own dog), so don’t arrive hound-less. If you’re thinking of taking your friend or neighbour’s pup, it’s probably best that you ask permission first. Be prepared to let go of your inhibitions in these sessions, in order to experience some truly tail-wagging excitement.