Dog Yoga

I’ve been doing yoga every morning for a few years now. I’ve only been to a yoga class once in my entire life and instead depend on You Tube videos for my yoga instruction, which probably means I’m doing it all wrong. I’m not very good at following instructions and when I can get things wrong I usually do.

Since we’ve gotten Chompyface, he’s made yoga a bit of a challenge. I get up in the morning and let him out. He usually only wants to be out for a few minutes in the morning. Any longer than that and he starts scratching the door.

After I let him back in, I start doing my yoga in the living room because everyone else in the house is still asleep. I tried doing yoga out in the yard once and the mosquitoes acted like they were at Golden Corral. They just kept coming back for more. Convinced I would be all shriveled and bloodless before finishing my practice, I retreated indoors.

I go into downward facing dog and my dog is sniffing my head and trying to bite my hair. I transition into upward facing down and am greeted with a wet nose in my face. I sit down and prepare for table top pose and he sits down on the mat directly behind me making it difficult to get into any pose.

What is it about a yoga mat that makes Chompyface want to lay down on it? Maybe he has a future as a yoga teacher. He already has down dog and up dog down. He does them every time he gets up from a nap. I don’t know what the posture he gets into to lick his butt hole is called, but it looks pretty advanced.

I think I’ll get him some yoga pants and a mat of his own and send him off to a yoga teacher training class. Since he likes to get up early anyway, I figure he can start teaching a sunrise yoga class. He needs to earn his keep, so it’s about time he get a job. Dog food is expensive.



The other morning I walked into the living room to find my husband doing some strange new exercise. When I asked him what he was doing he said that it was his version of yoga.

“If you want to do some yoga I’ll teach you,” I told him. I taught him how to do the sun salutation. “How was that?” I asked when we were done.

“I didn’t like it,” he said.

“Really? Why not?”

“It was too hard. I just want to do the kinda of yoga where you just lay around.”

Daily Yoga Anyone?

As much as I like to exercise, I have to admit that I’m not very good at it. I tend to not exercise for an extended period of time then go overboard and do a really hard workout that makes me so sore I can’t move for days. More than anything I want to be physically fit and I’ve convinced myself that the road to physical fitness is paved with thighs that are so sore that I can’t get up off the toilet.

The mega workouts have to stop for the month of January. I’ve decided to do the WoYoPracMo Challenge. That’s yoga everyday for the month of January. That’s no room for breaks because of extreme soreness now.

At dinner, I pointed out to my husband that I’m doing a great job at sticking to the challenge so far.

“It’s only the second day,” he said.

He’s such a party pooper.

If you want to do the challenge with me, I found a great website that posts a new hour-long yoga class everyday. Even if you don’t want to do the challenge, it’s still a good site to know about.