Monday, September 6, 2010

Hemi does YOGA!

On perusing some of my photos of Hemi, I was impressed with his vast versatility of yoga positions. I thought I would share some of my favorites here!

This is his modified "Savasana" pose- the canine version of the corpse pose.

This pose was somewhat unsuccessful the first time, and he has not attempted it since:
"Parsva Bhuja Dandasana" or "Dragonfly". This is what that pose is supposed to look like:

Here, Hemi has perfected the "Karnapidasana" pose- or "Ear Pressing Pose". This pose is known for increasing blood flow to the brain. I wonder if it helps?
Here we have a better view of Hemi's execution of the "Karnapidasana."
The canid version of "Anantasana" or the "Couch pose". This pose is unique in that you will notice that the dog's back is facing out, whereas the face is close to the couch.
"Supta Baddha Konasana" aka "Reclining Bound Ankle Pose". We affectionately refer to this as "Hogtie" position.
Here is Hemi's interpretation of "Pasasana" or the "Noose" pose. The execution is not flawless, but I will give him an A for effort!
Here, Hemi chooses to hide his face so that his execution of the "Salutation" pose is not seen.
Here, Hemi is in the relaxation phase of yoga in his "Kurmasana" pose, or the "tortoise" pose where he curls in on himself, and his eyes disappear behind his ear.
Gene helps brace Hemi while he learns the "Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana" pose- or "Rotated half-moon". This one has been difficult, and still requires embracing from either Gene or I in order to hit the position properly.
"Viparita Hemiani" aka "Legs on table" pose.

Hemi is caught trying desperately to enter the "Paripurna Navasana" pose, or "Full Boat" pose. He is obviously still working on it.

Hemi's favorite pose (and the first pose he learned) would be "Urdhava Kukkutasana" or "upward cock pose". This pose is a beginner's level pose that can start any dog on their way to yoga.
Another difficult pose: "Yoganidrasana" or, "GeeIgottapeea" pose.

In Hemi's execution of "Krauncasana" pose, it looked too painful to get a full photo of him, so I just chose to capture it from one angle.
Another version of "Supta Baddha Konasana"... obviously his favorite position.
Hemi's knowledge and use of his Yoga poses is amazing, and I believe it helps him keep his Chakra centered. His use of meditation is helping him overcome his anxiety over the dogwalk and the teeter, so we keep going. I hope you enjoyed this trek through Hemi's yoga routine as much as I did!