Yoga Dogs (10 Photos)
All photos © Dan Borris.
Once only thought to be a mysterious myth, Dan Borris has brought the Yoga Dogs out of the shadows and into the light. After discovering early photographic evidence of the Yoga Dogs lineage, he has been inspired to seek out and continue photographing these amazing Yoga practicing canines. The examples shown here are from the recently released book, Yoga Dogs, published by Abrams. To see more of Borris’ work click here. – Abrams
In this rare hand-tinted portrait from the Kutte Ka Studio in Agra (c. 1900), we see Swami Chote in Kukkutasana pose. This swami known for his diminutive size (chote means tiny in Hindi) and amazing flexibility became a sensation throughout India at the turn of the 19th century.
Viparita Salabhasana, inverted locust. Strengthens abdomen, lower back, buttocks, and legs. Boosts heart rate. Improves absorption of oxygen.Increases flexibility in spine. Stimulates cardiovascular and digestive systems. Opens energy channels along front of body.
Vrischikasana, scorpion pose. Tones spinal nerves. Increases blood flow to the brain and mind-body coordination. Revitalizes body systems.
Baddha Konasana, bound angle pose. Reduces asthma, flat feet, and high blood pressure. Improves general circulation. Stimulates heart. Relieves anxiety, fatigue, and mild depression. Soothes sciatica.
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, upward-facing dog. Stretches shoulders, chest, lungs, and abdomen. Firms buttocks. Strengthens spine, arms, and wrists. Improves posture. Stimulates abdominal organs. Reduces asthma.
An unusual, modern snapshot from 1965 of West Coast Yoga Dog Romeo, taken on California’s Zuma Beach.
Adho Mukha Vrksasana, handstand. Stretches belly. Strengthens shoulders, arms, and wrists. Improves sense of balance.
Padangusthasana, toe stand. Strengthens belly. Relieves arthritis in hips and leg joints. Balances and focuses body and mind.
Yogi Rocky Barkjan, the original Hundalini Yoga Dog master.