Downward-playing dog! Persistent pooch disrupts owner’s yoga practice by stealing the mat and crawling underneath her
- A San Francisco woman filmed her attempt at performing a yoga sequence
- After laying her mat on the ground, her pet dog began interrupting her
- The shepherd-type dog repeatedly nudges the Californian and knocks her over
This is the hilarious moment a Californian woman is prevented from performing her daily yoga routine by her large pet dog.
The health fan from San Francisco, who was filming her practice in the back yard, can be seen having a tug of war with the Bernese mountain dog as she tries to lay out her mat.
She eventually manages to make a start, but there is no chance her pet is going to let her have any mindful ‘alone time’.
This is the moment a San Francisco woman tries to do yoga in her back yard but her dog has other ideas
The Bernese mountain dog crawls underneath her as she stretches on all fours on her mat
The hilarious one-minute video, shows the enthusiastic fluffy dog trying to get in on the routine.
At first, its tail wagging with enthusiasm, it nudges the woman and knocks her over sideways as she kneels on the mat.
Then it takes hold of a corner of the mat in its teeth and tries to pull it from under her.
Eventually, as the woman decides to go into suitably named dog pose it decides to make itself at home on the mat with her.
The huge pooch lies across the yoga mat as its owner goes into the aptly named downward-facing dog pose
The dog even tries to take away the mat before deciding it is the perfect place to lie down
The pooch crawls under the woman as she kneels on all fours and then lays contentedly across the mat as she goes into downward-facing dog.
It then rolls on its back and paws the air as she attempts to move into upward-facing dog. All the while, the woman is struggling not to giggle at her pet’s antics.
Bernese mountain love human companionship but they weigh up to 115lb so aren’t ideal pets to share a yoga mat with.
However, some yoginis try to incorporate their pets into their practice, with some teachers offering ‘doga’ classes to help owners and their pets de-stress.
According to one doga teacher, Mahny Djahanguiri: ‘Doga works on the natural symbiotic relationship that already exist between you and your dog. If there’s stress and tension in YOU, your dog may feel it and absorb your tension… this may reflect in his immediate environment and the way he socialises we other dogs.’
Experts claim Doga can increase the life expectancy of the dog while reducing high blood pressure and its heart rate.
According to Ms Djahanguiri: ‘The dog’s parasympathetic nervous system would usually kick in after the first 20 minutes of a yoga session. Similar to a human yoga class some dogs may fall asleep on the yoga mat, some may enjoy a quiet space far out of reach from the group while other dogs may happily join in the fun. ‘
The woman is forced to give up her exercise attempt due to the dog’s persistence