book excerpt and giveaway: barking buddha


Have you heard about “Doga” — practicing yoga with your dog? The method was developed by Brenda Bryan at the request of the Humane Society — each class is part relaxation, part fun, and all about bonding with your dog.

We recently received a copy of Bryan’s book Barking Buddha: Simple Soul Stretches for Yogi and Dogi from The Mountaineers Books to give away to you! To enter, tell us about your dog in comments (Who doesn’t love talking about her dog?) by 5 p.m. EST Tuesday, July 28. When comments close, we’ll choose a winner using a random number generator. Be sure to leave a working email address in the email field so we can get in touch with you if you win.

Click for an excerpt from Barking Buddha so you can try a simple Doga pose at home!

Excerpt from Barking Buddha: Simple Soul Stretches for Yogi and Dogi by Brenda Bryan, with permission from The Mountaineers Books:

The poses for Gratitude are simple positions designed to introduce you and your dog to a newfound union with this yoga practice — in the same way that feelings of gratitude are simple and pure and often show us the best part of ourselves. I believe our dogs live in the place of gratitude and union all the time and they remind us to find this inner truth in ourselves by connecting us to these feelings. Consider doing these poses on their own or, as you get more comfortable, as a warm-up to other sets of poses.

Seat with a Treat
Sit on your knees, tops of your feet on the floor; your sit bones should rest comfortably on your heels. (You can also sit in a comfortable cross-legged position with your dog on your lap — Dogi-Yogi Easy Pose — if you have knee problems.) Your Doga partner sits in front of you on the yoga mat.

Place your left hand on your dogi’s right shoulder and your right hand behind your sit bones on the floor. Lift the front of your spine as you gently twist from your low belly. Relax your shoulders.

While you breathe in the pose, explore the shape of your dog’s right shoulder, noticing where the muscle connects to the bone, feeling the shape and size of the muscle. Notice your dog’s breathing, her inhales and exhales. Gently massage your dog’s shoulder as you breathe in your twist. You can do this by making gentle circles on the shoulder with your fingertips or entire hand, depending on the size of your dog.

On the inhale, unwind the twist, lift you sit bones, coming to stand on your knees, and then exhale the sit bones back down to your heels as you sweep your right hand to your dog’s left shoulder and your left hand behind you.

Do this pose two or three times on each side.

From our partners

I’m a yoga teacher with a lovely chessie/chocolate lab mix who is great at practicing Savasana (the corpse pose) on my futon! I’d love to have this book to learn how to really practice with my doggie. Thanks for another fun drawing!


This would be the neatest thing ever! I love yoga and I love my pup, so this seems like a natural step. Not to mention that she always does ‘downward facing dog’ on her own! She LOVES to play, so she practically lives in play stance.

My pup is an 8 month old miniature schnauzer mix, and I love her to tiny little pieces! I rescued her 5 months ago, and we’ve been happy ever since. :.)


I adopted my boy, “Lefty,” when he was 6.5 years old. He’d had at least 2 owners prior to me. He didn’t like me much initially, and even snapped at me a couple of times. However, with some work on my end, and some consistency to his routine, he’s become a total mama’s boy. I can’t imagine him snapping at me these days, and he follows me everywhere. He’s got a bit of lingering anxiety, though, so I think some Doga would do him good. He turned 11 this month, too, so it would probably be good for his aging joints.


The dog in the family belongs to my cousin. He’s an even-tempered, VERY tolerant whippet (there are two young boys in their house, with a third coming in just a few weeks). I swear, when he looks at all of us, down that sweet, long snout of his, he’s thinking OK, they may not be very attractive whippets, but they’re my family and I love them just the same . . . .

Ever since I saw Doga on tv, I have wanted to try it! We have a 5 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi name Sully. We compete in lots of different events at shows and I think Doga (along with Freestyle, which we just do for fun) would be a great activity that isn’t competitive so I won’t feel like I have to practice and “work” with him. We can just be free and explore and have FUN!

This books looks so fun! I have to get this book either way: )

I have a pointer/bull terrier mix who is just the most awesome laid back dog named Molly. And just today we adopted another dog, he’s a 1 yrs old terrier mix who we named Mason. I’m sure Molly would be great at doga.


My dog loves my yoga mat and stays right at my side the entire session. I would love to try yoga with him not around him!

My sweet beast is a 7-year-old boxer named Deuce. She enjoys cuddling, chicken jerky, long walks, rolling on her back in the grass, snoring and snorting. Not only can she twist her body into the shape of a crescent roll – and then walk around – but she hangs out in downward dog every morning as she rubs her ears into her bed. The lady’d be a natural at doga.

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Bucky, my beautiful 110 lb. baby … 12 years old … black shepherd/chow/lab mix … a mind of his own and a sweet, sweet heart. xoxo