French writer, Milan Kundera once said, “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing … Continue reading
Every morning as I’m wrapping up my asana practice and head into final relaxation, a four-legged canine creeper slinks into my yoga room, and coils herself up beside me in “dogvasana.” I started this regular 5:00 am routine last year, and both of my dogs often help participate in “Doga” while I’m moving through my Vinyasa.
No matter where they are in the house, they’re attracted to the energy that begins to flow during my practice. They’ll often settle around my mat very quietly, and take a nap or just sit blissfully with their eyes half-closed. At first, I would try to shoo them away. This was my very serious spiritual morning routine, after all. But, I started to notice how peaceful and serene we all get when I’m moving from Trikonasana (triangle) to Ardha Chandrasana (half-moon pose) or relaxing in supported bridge. Everyone’s energy is alive and calm, and we’re happy. Continue reading