Saturday, March 9, 2013

Teaching the DhYoga Way

Teaching the DhYoga way means that Ellie sets the course.

It's not about obedience, it's not about commands.
It means that we humans set aside all of our assumptions about our dog. All of them.

We spend some time with other dog/human teams. We practice meditation in movement, we practice coming to that still, quiet place of simple companionship in the company of others.

We practice useful skills for being in public with our canine companions.

If one of our dog companions has something to say, we listen. Instead of commanding our dog to be quiet, we practice skillful listening and skillful response.

Teaching and practicing in the DhYoga Way can be challenging as we set aside long-held habits and beliefs about how dogs are supposed to be. And the practice is so rewarding as explore how our dogs really are.

And we're off.

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