Doga in the City

Our trip to Diggidy Doggy Daycare took a bit longer than expected, due to an unexpected wrong turn into the Westgate Freeway.

The colourful backdrop of the Diggidy Doggy Daycare front desk

The colourful backdrop of the Diggidy Doggy Daycare front desk

Lucky for us we made it there in time to meet a couple of the Doga students and their dogs in the foyer.

Hershey the Spoodle and Havoc the Alaskan Klee Kai, waiting in the foyer with their humans

Hershey the Spoodle and Havoc the Alaskan Klee Kai, waiting in the foyer with their humans

Nicole the Diggidy Doggy Daycare manager and her Border Collie Kebo were also there.

The instructor was a lovely American lady called Gena Kenny from Ohana Yoga.

Let's hope no one notices me while I take some photos for this blog...

Let's hope no one notices me while I take some photos for this blog...

Gena started the class with a poem, then it was onto some breathing exercises and stretches.  Gena would encourage us to touch our dogs whenever we could.

She showed us ways to massage our dogs, which they really liked of course.  But unlike the humans, it was okay for them to wander about on occasion.

Hershey, the Spoodle

Hershey, the Spoodle

It was interesting how much Gena emphasized how this was an opportunity to bond with our dogs, and while doing our yoga poses she encouraged us to touch our dogs at the same time.  She said, "Acknowledge the love in your heart and connect it to the love in your dog's heart."

Oh yeah, that's the spot, more of that please!

Oh yeah, that's the spot, more of that please!

Then came time for us to meditate while lying on the ground...with our dogs sitting on us!  Although it sounds like a weird thing to do, it actually helps you to connect with your dog, and the dogs didn't seem too fazed about it either.  Gena said that putting your dog on you while meditating helps you to bond with your dog, as your dog can feel your energy, and vice versa.

Apparently the dogs weren't feeling the energy from each other... During the meditation, whilst Hershey would stay still, Havoc just wanted to play.  Then when Havoc finally sat down, Hershey became the hyper one! 

We also had a go at holding our dogs in one arm while balancing on one leg. 

What a smart dog you are, Kebo!

What a smart dog you are, Kebo!

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The main thing we learned from the Doga class was that it was about acknowledging our relationship with our dogs.  And you could really sense the love in the room, and so did the dogs who would then become all affectionate and licky.

Overall the Doga class was quite a relaxing and comforting experience, and the dogs seemed to accept the class as a time to unwind from everyday life too.  Thanks for letting us join your Doga class, Diggidy Doggy Daycare!

Source: http://digdog.com.au/what-the-hell-is-this...