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Pet Yoga

Introduction to Pet Yoga

Pet Yoga: The Myth

Many people believe yoga was invented thousands of years ago in India, but in fact, pet yoga (as it was originally called) was invented in the 1800s by a dog named Scout. Undeniable proof of Scout’s pet yoga genius is seen in this rare photo, which, due to its old-timey nature, is clearly authentic. If you look carefully, you can see Jesse James standing behind the tree as Scout perfects “downward facing dog.”

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Credit: Whitney @itisprettyblog

The Shame of Pet Yoga

Because humans have taken credit for the invention of pet yoga, some animals don’t understand their natural inclination to practice the art. For these poor furry souls, their deep devotion to pet yoga is actually a source of great shame. You’ve probably walked in on a pet scrambling out of Warrior I pose and not even realized it.

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Doing what!? Heh… I don’t know what you’re talking about. Credit: Winston Smith‏ @gobuymeadrink

Pet Yoga Equipment

Before starting a pet yoga routine, it is important to possess the right equipment. Edible equipment is a recent fad popular among dogs.

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Wait, who took this bite?  Credit: Jennifer Berthiaume @iheartmaps

Pet Yoga Safety

But remember, whatever equipment you choose, SAFETY FIRST.

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Credit: Eric @EricDynamic83

Pet yoga doesn’t have to be a solitary activity. Grab a friend or work with a trainer. German Shepherds in particular make excellent trainers, though they can be quite strict.
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Butt-to-Butt stretching. Credit: Courtney Bressack

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Get on your mats, maggots! Credit: Karen Horn (Skye)

 

 

If you’re considering learning yoga from a true pet yoga master, there are any number of pets willing to share their secrets. Here we see several widely renown cat trainers demonstrating stretching techniques.

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Credit: Adam @AdamMiguel

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Credit: C.L. Boretos

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Credit: Eric @EricDynamic83

Advanced Pet Yoga Postions

“The X-Factor”

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Credit: Amy Cornell

“The Infinity”

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Credit: Eric @EricDynamic83

“The Halt Who Goes There Crane Pose”
This cat actually held this pose for over one week.

Done with two paws, it is known as the “Trick or Treat Smell my Feet” pose.

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Credit: Jesse Grant @JGrant3974

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Kitty”

Advanced pet yoga masters are often recruited as ninjas.

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Credit: Lizzy Grubbs @lizzyneverlies

“The Face Plant”

I happen to know this dog’s owner, and the caption should read “I learned it from YOU, Dad!”

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Credit: Dave Martinko

“The Inverted Chinese Dragon”

Note the deep concentration in the eyes.

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Credit: Jennifer Berthiaume @iheartmaps

“The HolyShitWhattheFuckWasThat”

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Credit: Karen Horn

“The I Got Your Yoga Right Here”

A popular pose in the Northeast United States.
This true master practices the art balancing on a sofa. Do not try this at home.

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Credit: Tammy @itsprkles

“Downward Facing Hustler Model”

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My Gordon Labradoodle

“The Throw Your Hands in the Air Like You Just Don’t Care”

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Credit: Eric @EricDynamic83

If practiced long enough, Pet Yoga can provide you with strength, tranquility and even lengthen your body.

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Credit: D. Brit @SnarkyTwitg

 … as well as help you reach TOTAL NIRVANA.

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Yogi Ferret Oreo. Credit: Karen Horn

Thank you to all the Twitter and FB fans who submitted their photos for this post. If I mismarked anyone or you see a caption that is off or missing, please just let me know and I’ll fix it faster than you can drop to Child’s Pose.

Here are some spares…

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Credit: Karen Horn

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Credit: Martinko

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Credit: Courtney Bressack

 

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Amy Vansant

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32 Responses

  1. Abby

    Ha! I love this and saw your call for pictures. While my hairball cat appears to be quite flexible herself, she isn’t that photogenic (in that I get out the camera and she hauls ass away.)

    Love these :)
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      • bill major

        i know what it takes to do what you do for us and i want you to know i do appreciate it and the laugh that starts my day . thank you amy
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  2. Casi

    I can always count on you to make me laugh out loud. I saw most of the pics on Twitter, but your commentary was priceless. I, myself, do the “Holyshitwhatthefuckwasthat” pose and “Halt Who Goes There Crane Pose” on the reg. As for human poses, I can hold the “If I Balance on This Toe and Clench My Buttcheeks, I Won’t Slip and Fall Whilst Shaving in the Shower” Pose. Love. Every. Minute.
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    • Amy Vansant

      Thank you! Hm.. Yoga would be good for showering shaving. I never thought of that… and I might for ONCE get that spot on the inside of my right leg just above my ankle…
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  3. Christian at Point Counter-Point Point Point

    Oh man I’m sorry I missed this. I have some crazy pictures of my cats flying through the air in awkward positions. Actually, I should clarify. They are jumping through the air, not necessarily flying. I would also like to add that they were jumping on their on accord. I just want to make sure people don’t think I was throwing them. I should probably just end this comment now.
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  4. Eric Callahan

    This reminds me of when I worked in the Music/DVD department at Barnes & Noble and we had a copy of “Naked Yoga” and “Naked Palates”. Thank Jobu that I never had to sell it to someone.

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  5. Beadmaster

    Love these! I wish I had a pic of our cat’s yoga pose…we call it the “Super Pretzel.” The bottom half of her body is facing in one direction, and the top faces the opposite direction. (Already sounds pretzel-y uncomfortable, doesn’t it?) The “Super” part of that is she extends her paws out in front of her, like a flying caped crusader! She can sleep like that for hours. But she’s camera shy…she hates the camera and goes running the second we turn it on. :(

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  6. Poetjanstie

    In a world so full of serious cynicism (and I always find that word hard to type :-/), to find this site and this zany humour made me giggle till my sides ached. Thank you for putting humour back into blogging.

    If it were within my power (aside: O, excuse me, it is?), so it seems it is within my power, I would therefore be pleased to offer you citizenship as an honorary Brit, to take your place alongside all my Goon Show and Monty Pythonesque heroes! Very well done and, by the way, I just put my back out, trying to clean my… Oh, yes you did issue the health and safety warning! My bad :-|
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