ABOUT AUSTIN DOGA
Founded in 2011 by Nicole Vykoukal
Located in East Austin
Nicole is a yoga teacher and psychotherapist who is captivated by the magic of dogs, the profound connection between you and your dog, and the power of yoga in bringing peace and a sense of well-being.
In 2011, she combined these elements and founded Austin Doga: Yoga With Your Best Friend. Nicole helps people cherish the bond with their dog and learn how to incorporate their dog into wellness and self-care.
Doga sessions are 45 min long, by appointment, and held in a cozy, dog-friendly East Austin studio. You practice yoga and learn wellness techniques for both you and your dog.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR DOGA SESSION
45 mins of hanging out with your dog while you learn gentle yoga poses and techniques that bring more joy, contentment, and relaxation to you and your dog. Together we harness those feel-good dog vibes and turn them into an energetic massage for your heart and soul.
"Jillie and I had a super sweet private session with Nicole from Austin Doga, LLC. I learned how to massage, yoga, and meditate with my senior pup. It was a beautiful shared experience that I will always remember and treasure."
"Forty-five minutes later, class was over and the dogs were radiating a Zen-like presence on their way out the door."
Lynn, Psychologist, yogi & doga student
Shelley Bueche, Culture Map Austin
WHO DOES THE YOGA? ME OR MY DOG?
You do yoga while your dog hangs out, and soaks up the zen and gentle massage.
I'VE NEVER DONE YOGA BEFORE, IS THAT OKAY?
Yes! Austin Doga is beginner friendly.
Please inform Austin Doga, LLC of any injuries or medical conditions you have.
Poses will be modified just for your needs.
HOW DO I BOOK A DOGA SESSION?
Click on the "Book A Doga Session" button or scroll down to the bottom of this page to submit a contact form.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME TO DOGA?
Your dog on a leash.
A yoga mat (I have extra mats that you are welcome to borrow).
A blanket, bed, or towel for your dog (so they have a safe place to settle).
WILL DOGA HELP MY DOG'S PROBLEM BEHAVIOR, INJURY, OR MEDICAL CONDITION?
Nope. Please consult a professional dog trainer or dog behaviorist for any training or behavior issues.
Make sure your dog is getting it's needs met through professional training, food puzzles, and plenty of exercise and mental stimulation (maybe through agility or nose work classes). Please see a veterinarian or canine medical specialist for any injuries and medical conditions. Doga is not a substitute for these services and activities.
WHY DON'T YOU OFFER GROUP DOGA CLASSES?
Group goat yoga classes are all the rage! So why don't you offer more group doga classes? Practicing yoga with a class full of adult dogs who don't know each other is much trickier compared to yoga with a flock of little goats who belong together. Dogs who don't know each other could be fearful or snarky with each other. Practicing yoga while keeping an eye on your dog's behavior, directs your attention outward versus inward where you can find your zen.