Doga Yoga World Record!
When my friend Dawn Celapino of Leash Your Fitness invited me to co-teach the World’s, Largest Doga Yoga Class my answer was an immediate and emphatic, yes!
It was a picture perfect January day in San Diego, and we needed 250 “dogi’s” combined with a plethora of rules and regulations from the Guinness Book of World Records to pull off this feat. While Dawn was busy with logistics, my job was to keep all the dogis and their yogis calm until it was time for the official start. As with any big event, there’s bound to be a few snafus and I found myself having to lead the group in a forty-minute meditation. It was truly amazing to have 252 dogis and their matching yogis for a combined total of over 500 beings, just “BEING”, not doing, calm and still until we started the class.
Anyone who has spent time around a dog has probably noticed that they are natural Yogi’s or “Dogi’s”. Their natural commitment to living in the moment helps us to be more aware of the magic and mystery of life present in our everyday tasks. Just notice how excited and happy your dogi is when you take them on the exact same walk everyday. Nothing seems boring or mundane and every interaction with another being brings its own excitement.
Eckart Tolle says that animals are our guardian of “being”. They respond to your energy. How you are being – with a capital “B” – not what you are doing, how you look, or your personality.
In fact, taking loving care of a Dogi is a spiritual practice in itself. New scientific research shows that dogs know how to read our emotions through our faces. While training my dogs, I noticed the relationship of how moving my energy in yoga was similar to how my dogs responded to my energy. With yoga and dogs, it’s all about your energy and connecting to your natural instincts.
So, if your idea of bonding with your dog, getting in shape and finding some ZEN is Fido and you sitting on the sofa, surfing the channels and popping a Gatorade then it may be time for you to try Doga Yoga.
To learn how to teach Doga Yoga or find a class, check out the training course at Leash Your Fitness.