The Sama Dog 6 Pillars of Balance: Our Core Teachings


Every “body,” no matter the species, moves in and out of balance due to current and past influences and experiences in their environment. Being that our dogs share our lives so closely, they are just as equally impacted by the people and events around us as we are. Our canine companions are especially influenced by their human's state of mind-body wellness, because the bond between human and dog permeates all aspects of both of our beings.

Ultimately, our wellbeing is our dog’s wellbeing. Our life experience, in many cases, is mutual. Our canine companions share our space, family and heart in a way that no other creatures do. Sometimes, they know us better than we know ourselves. They serve and support mankind in incredible ways, and they deserve to live great lives.

When the whole being experiences harmony and balance, Sama is established. These core teachings are the 6 principles that lead to a Sama Dog, and they are the foundation that each one of our classes, workshops and consultations is built upon. 

Dogs are Multi-Dimensional Beings

  • Recognizing the various aspects of a dog – body, mind and spirit
  • Understanding dogs’ abilities and capabilities; learning their weaknesses
  • Dog and human similarities and differences
  • Connection and communication between dogs and humans
  • Stories and case studies of exceptional bonds and experiences between dogs and humans

Doshas: Mind-Body Types

  • Foundational principals of the Ayurvedic system of healing
  • How and where Ayurveda applies to dogs
  • What each dosha looks like expressed through dogs
  • Dosha Quizzes – identifying and understanding your and your dog’s unique mind-body type

Communication / Connection

  • Basics of animal communication
  • Building mutual language
  • Breathing awareness (Pranayama)
  • Chakra balancing
  • Meditations for unifying

Nutrition / Herbs

  • Reading labels wisely – not all dog foods are created equal
  • Understanding dog food options
  • The best food for your dog considering their dosha and current imbalance/s
  • The best supplements for your dog
  • 3 of the best Ayurvedic herbs for dogs
  • Complementary natural healing products for dogs

Inner Pharmacy: Balancing Through the 5 Senses

  • Identifying imbalances in your dog
  • Abilities and function of each sense as it applies to dogs
  • Nourishing your dog’s body, mind and spirit through the 5 senses
  • Techniques to treat your dog’s doshic imbalance/s through each sense

Training and Daily Routine

  • Meditation, yoga and Pranayama techniques for dogs
  • Training tips for each of the doshas
  • Reducing problem behaviors
  • Increasing positive behaviors
  • Establishing an ideal daily routine for your dog