Dog Poses from an Expert

This entry was posted on Nov 1, 2011 by Charlotte Bell.

yoga dogsHumans are not the only ones who can enjoy Yoga. Our animal companions are in fact the inspiration for many traditional asanas. Think Dog, Cobra, Tortoise, Eagle, Cow, Cat, Pigeon, Rabbit, Crow, etc.

Last month we posted a photo of Pushkin the orange tabby demonstrating a Savasana sandwich. At that time we sent out a call for photos of your animal companions practicing Yoga.

Mary Wilburn sent us some photos of her dog, Ziggy, practicing dog Yoga. Here’s how she describes Ziggy’s Yoga practice:

“Ziggy immediately plants himself on my mat whenever I roll it out. I have gotten to the point where I roll out a 2nd mat for him. But he does not require a mat for his Yoga moves: He automatically does a downward dog and an upward dog before our walks and when he awakens from his many naps.”

If your animal friends practice dog Yoga, cat Yoga, rabbit Yoga, horse Yoga or any other species of Yoga, send us your photos and a description of their practice, and we’ll post them on our blog!

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About Charlotte Bell
Charlotte Bell discovered yoga in 1982 and began teaching in 1986. Charlotte is the author of Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: A Guide for Everyday Practice and Yoga for Meditators, both published by Rodmell Press. Her third book is titled Hip-Healthy Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Guide to Protecting the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Pain (Shambhala Publications). She writes a monthly column for CATALYST Magazine and serves as editor for Yoga U Online. Charlotte is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and folk sextet Red Rock Rondo, whose DVD won two Emmy awards in 2010.