Doga: do or don’t?

by Bronwyn Hall

I walked out of the studio with aches and pains in places I didn’t even know I had. My perfectly messy bun was now just a mess and beads of sweat remained on my forehead taunting me. I hastened my pace towards the tube station muttering to myself ‘Go to Doga!’ They had said. ‘It will be fun!’ They had said.

I was wallowing in my humiliation when I was suddenly yanked back into reality by my over-zealous Chihuahua, Dexter. Okay, well I guess somebody enjoyed our Doga session then. It seemed that all of that socialising, playing and stretching had convinced my little sidekick that he now had boundless energy. Trotting along next to me with a hop in his step, I couldn’t help but to smile down at him with glee. We became regulars at Doga (or Dog Yoga for those of us not yet well versed in this up and coming practice). Donning leggings – me; not Dexter – every Sunday and catching a tube to Fulham for the hour and a half session.

Credit:  Gretel Ensignia for Metro

Credit: Gretel Ensignia for Metro

As a self-confessed lover of a fad and somebody who likes to keep up with the goings on in the dog world, I couldn’t help but hear about Doga after it was featured in Time Out London, The Sunday Times and Made In Chelsea to name but a few. So I sceptically took myself off to the website to investigate further. Mahny Djahanguiri – the instructor – who has been teaching Doga since 2012 says ”Doga is a sharing, nurturing and bonding experience where the owner and the dog can relax and share in a special time together. While the Yogi performs a set sequence of yoga poses your Dogi is free to roam around and participate whenever he desires to do so.”

And so it is here that I find myself. Precariously balancing in a ‘Warrior 1’ yoga pose while Dexter humps a poor, unsuspecting Yorkie in the corner of the room and a greyhound to my right takes a pee on her owners yoga mat. Have I finally gone barking mad? Maybe. But to see Dexters whole persona change when he realises we’re back at Doga; where he can play and bark and have me massage him while I position myself into an unsteady ‘Child’s pose’ makes it all worth it.

Doga pros:

  • Your dog getting to meet others in a safe and secure environment
  • Meeting other like minded dog owners
  • Enjoying a yoga session (it is just like a real yoga class but with more dog hair…and dogs)
  • Dexter sleeping like a log once we get home

Dog cons:

  • These classes aren’t readily available and this one in Fulham is the only one I have heard of
  • Trying to soak up unidentified dog pee from your Doga mat at the end of the session
  • Having your face licked and dog hair up your nose while you’re trying to ‘feel the calm’
Credit: Doga Mahny for Time Out London

Credit: Doga Mahny for Time Out London

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