My Dog Loves My Yoga Mat
Every time I take out my purple yoga mat, my dogs eyes open wide and we both know what she’s thinking about. As I put the yoga mat on the floor she tries slowly but with much confidence to slip her palms on the mat. Usually, I put my mat on the floor and go back to my room to get a hairband and the second I turn my back, there she is, innocent and quite sitting (or laying) on my precious yoga mat. I guess dogs and yoga were meant to be.
The other day I took out my yoga mat and she came running towards me with her tail wagging happily and I thought to myself, well here we go again. It’s a little bit difficult to do some of the poses when my dog is underneath me and she thinks that it’s play time. Maybe I should start calling it dogs and yoga time instead.
Sometimes she will lay on her back (on my mat), feet up as is saying “scratch my belly time!”. So I can’t resist and start playing with her and give her attention.
Downward Facing Dog – Dogs Are Experts
She’s a good teacher for some of the poses obviously. The downward and upward facing dog, she is definitely a pro. I love it when she stretches and does it naturally anytime she needs. She’ll stretch when she wakes up or after she has been sitting for a long time. It’s not like us, humans, we barely ever stretch, so seeing her doing it ALL THE TIME makes me want to stretch with her.
I found come solutions as to how to get her to give me some space while I try to do some yoga exercises. The first thing I tried was to call her away from the mat, it worked perfectly until I walked up to the mat and she came right back to me. I tried also to get her to go to her bed with a treat and that worked pretty well until she finished eating the treat and came back to do some yoga with me.
Once I decided to take her for a long walk in the park where she could run free and get tired. that worked great! She fell asleep the minute we arrived home and I had the yoga mat all to myself.
All of these methods worked eventually but the best method of all was to simply ignore her. Now when I want to do yoga, I take out my mat and simply ignore my dog. If she tries to get on it I gently move her away and she gets the point.
Sometimes I like it when she comes to my mat and tries to play with me, it makes me so happy and my yoga practice becomes a joyful experience.
She is Helping Me with my Yoga
I like saying “she is helping me do yoga”. Well, I say that every time she gets in the way when I try to do something. “She’s helping me clean the floor” would mean that she is constantly going after every spot I just cleaned, or “she’s helping me wrap the presents” would mean that she is playing with the wrapping paper.
But she is so filled with pure love that I could never get angry at her, I just enjoy her presence and unconditional love.
Do you have a dog? I would love to hear how they “help” you when you’re trying to do something, it might be yoga or anything else.