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Dog-yoga and goat-yoga being promoted as yoga therapies in the West
Ahead of the International Day of Yoga end of this month, two forms of yoga are becoming popular in the West called dog-yoga (doga) and goat-yoga (goga). Doga and goga are the partner yoga classes in which clients do yoga in the presence of pet dogs and friendly goats respectively.

According to the US-based doga teacher Madhavi Bhatia, doga helps to 'purify and transcend the body and mind' with additional benefits that create a 'harmony and synchronization of energy flow between the owner and the dog'.

The principles of yoga and dog postures, poses, behaviours, stretches, and sounds are combined to give it a semblance of yoga by doga gurus. Clients are allowed to bring their dogs along with for 'doga' classes to create better bond with their pets.

At a typical goat-yoga class, clients often do the lying down yoga postures with bending and stretching limbs while goats roam around them as well climbing on their backs, licking them or sniffing. Since goat-yoga has been commercialised in the West, after the yoga class, clients can feed goats, and have snacks, drinks and desserts. Another trend that has caught up is the selfies with the goats and dogs after the class.

Yoga therapy is being seen as the application of yogic principles and postures as an intervention designed for an individual to achieve a specific spiritual, psychological, health or physiological goal.

Like other therapies, yoga therapy respects individual differences in age, ability, culture, philosophy, occupation, mental well being and physical health. Yoga therapy also demands adaptation of traditional yoga according the assessed needs of the client.

Often, common needs in yoga-therapy are identified such as to develop muscular power, the power to concentrate, and heal specific problems dog-yoga and goat-yoga being promoted as yoga therapies in the West.

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