Ayurveda for Dogs: Tips to Balance Your Furry Friends
By Amanda Ringnalda Amanda RingnaldaNatural healing practices and a healthy lifestyle can make all the difference to your human body, mind, and spirit, so why would it be any different for your dogs? The impactful natural healing practices of Ayurveda, which many of us follow daily, apply equally as well to your canine companions.
Ayurveda, the mind-body healing science of the East, can be beneficial to humans and animals alike. Therefore, as you educate and empower yourself about natural living, let’s expand your area of influence to include your pets as well.
The Ayurvedic approach provides various methods to nourish and restore balance through the five senses or “gateways”—sound, taste, sight, touch, and smell. All information is channeled through these five gateways and integrated into your mind-body system. Ayurveda guides you to make your choices to favor what nourishes your imbalances, while reducing what exaggerates them. Naturally, equilibrium can be restored. Every body thrives when in balance.
How do we put Ayurveda into practice? One example is the effect of music or sound. When you listen to calming, grounding music, it may encourage you to feel more relaxed and at ease. You don’t need to know the words, the composer, or the instruments involved to receive that sensation. When you listen to salsa music, you feel more active. When you hear ocean waves, you feel soothed. All the sounds around you make an impression on you, even when you’re not aware of it.
Applying Ayurveda to Dogs
Like humans, dogs live in a sensory-oriented world and are continually “consuming” information through their five-sense gateways. Their entire life can be transformed by adjusting their environmental influences. As a responsible human companion, you get the chance to help your dog be and feel their very best.
Also like humans, dogs have a mind-body type or constitution, referred to as a doshas. The three doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—are combinations of the five great elements of nature—space, air, fire, water, and earth. The elements can accumulate, and this imbalance can lead to discomfort, disease, or various types of illnesses … no matter what kind of animal you are!
Determining Your Dog’s Dosha Imbalance
First, you should determine which of your dog’s doshas are imbalanced. Here are a few of the most common symptoms of each dosha imbalance:
A Vata dosha imbalance:
Is marked by being too airy, light, and dry.
Can express as anxiety, fear, or hyperactivity.
A Pitta dosha imbalance:
Is marked by being too hot, penetrating, and moist.
Can express as anger, inflammation, and intensity.
A Kapha dosha imbalance:
Is marked by being too heavy, slow, and inert.
Can express as withdrawal, weight gain, and overprotection.
How to Balance Your Dog’s Doshas
Next, let’s look at how to get your dog’s doshas back in balance.
To balance the Vata dosha:
Favor warm, moist food and environments
Give a doggie massage (deep, audible breathing for extra relaxation for both!)
Practice calm communication
Ensure consistency with daily routine
To balance the Pitta dosha:
Favor cooling food and environment
Make time for swimming, time in the snow, and other cooling activities
Practice non-aggressive, mentally stimulating play, such as playing fetch
Set aside daily meditative, peaceful time with …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra