Tips for Practicing Yoga with Your Pet

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Dr. Nekita Sullivan
June 3, 2023
Tips for Practicing Yoga with Your Pet

Tips for Practicing Yoga with Your Pet

Yoga Therapy Bar in downtown Clemson, South Carolina offers pet therapy services as a mental health booster. Exercising with your pet is great for your physical and mental health and wellness. Practicing yoga with your dog or cat can be a fun and bonding experience. While it may add an extra layer of challenge to your practice, it can also bring joy and playfulness to your yoga routine. You can choose to do a private 1 on 1 session or bring your friends and their pets for some group pet therapy fun. Dr. Nekita Sullivan, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Yoga and Pilates Teacher, and Certified Health Education Specialist, is proud to provide this unique and holistic service for the body and mind.

Here are some tips for practicing yoga with your pet:

Create a Safe Space: Designate an area in your home where you and your pet can practice yoga together. Clear the space of any hazards or breakable items that could be knocked over.

Observe Your Pet's Behavior: Not all pets may be interested or comfortable participating in yoga. Observe your pet's behavior and body language to ensure they are relaxed and willing to engage. If your pet seems stressed or disinterested, it's best to let them observe from a distance or provide them with their own quiet space nearby.

Start Slowly: Introduce your pet to yoga gradually. Begin with short sessions and simple poses. Allow your pet to explore and get familiar with the yoga mat or the space before you start practicing together.

Incorporate Playfulness: Pets love to play, so consider incorporating playful movements and poses into your practice. For example, you can incorporate gentle stretches and movements that mimic their natural behaviors, such as cat-cow poses for cats or downward dog poses for dogs.

Use Treats and Rewards: Positive reinforcement can be helpful when training pets to participate in yoga. Use treats or their favorite toys as rewards for good behavior or when they follow along with your movements.

Respect Your Pet's Boundaries: Each pet has its own limits and preferences. Respect your pet's boundaries and never force them into poses or movements that they are uncomfortable with. Always prioritize their safety and well-being.

Be Mindful of Your Pet's Size: Depending on the size and weight of your pet, you may need to adjust your yoga practice accordingly. Be aware of their presence during balancing poses to prevent any accidents or injuries.

Enjoy the Connection: Above all, enjoy the connection and companionship that practicing yoga with your pet can bring. Be present in the moment and savor the shared experience of movement and relaxation.

Yoga Therapy Bar in downtown Clemson offers pet therapy services as a health booster for your mental and physical health. It is often just as therapeutic for your pet as well. You get to choose yoga, Pilates, or physical therapy with your pet. Classes are available in groups or 1 on 1 in the studio, virtually, and off-site. Pickens, Oconee, and Anderson counties which include the wonderful residents of Clemson, Central, Pendleton, Anderson, Seneca, Walhalla, Westminister, and Salem can come right here to Tiger Town in downtown Clemson for pet therapy services Thursday through Saturday. Email Dr. Nekita Sullivan at for details. You can also check us out on the web at Our social media platforms include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linked In, and You Tube.  #pettherapyClemson#yogawithyourpet #PilateswithyourPet #physicaltherapywithyourpet #yogawithyourdog#yogawithyourcat #Pilateswithyourdog #Pilateswithyourcat #physicaltherapywithyourdog#physicaltherapywithyourcat #yogatherapybar