Interacting with animals as pets, and dogs are a common pet, can be a physical activity as well as an emotionally rewarding one.
To help care for our pets, we should be walking them often, and engaging them in exercise to keep them healthy.
“Falls, ankle sprains, back injuries and even broken bones are common when walking dogs who are boisterous and if the dog handler is not in tune with themselves and their body alignment and balance” explains Sifu Leo Ming.
“Tai chi is a discipline that helps the dog handler to develop more balance and strength, as well as the inner composure, to handle their dogs better.”
This wonderful article by Christine Green outlines a number of principles that we learn from tai chi, that help with interacting with our furry friends. These include:
- Using our waist for handling jumping dogs, by being flexible to move with the push of the dog, rather than being pushed over.
- Incorporating back muscles for bad leash manners, by developing the tai chi upper body posture which activates the right back muscles to keep our center of gravity more stable.
- Weight shifting for dogs who keep pulling the leash, so that we maintain our balance and strength.
- Rooting our weight and energy down, to handle those dogs with bad leash manners, or a dog jumping up, so that we are able to keep grounded and stay in control.
- Relaxation, gained from the meditative style of tai chi, is good for everything, but specially for improving reaction time to deal with animals.
Read more about how tai chi can help you enjoy your time with your dogs more, in the article.
To experience some of the techniques explained, join your Sifu Leo Low Ming for a complimentary introductory class. Contact him on 0833780468 to learn more about his Tai Chi Classes in Parkview, Johannesburg.