Mahny Djahanguiri Founder and Author of Dogamahny TM
Mahny Djahanguiri was born in Switzerland to a British mother and Iranian father. Since the age of seven, she spent most ofher time surrounded by nature in the Swiss Alps spending as much time with animals. During her holidays in Greece and Italy, she would approach sheds or behind parked cars attempting to feed abandoned cats and dogs. Her love for animals lead her to write her first children's book, “The Story of a Girl and a Mouse”, which entails a mouse with yogic super powers. She is currently writing her second children's book about her Slovakian rescue dog named Robbie.
From Yoga to Doga
Yoga found Mahny in 1999 at the Life Centre in the tranquil neighbourhood of Notting Hill (London, England). She fell in love with the fluid and energetic Ashtanga Yoga Vinyasa practice and she soon became an avid student of Shri K. Pathabi Jois. Mahny is also a certified Kids and Adult Yoga teacher. She received her teaching diploma through the British Wheel and Yoga Alliance. She has trained with YogabugsTM and 'The Special Yoga Centre' as well as obtaining certificates in behaviour management, safeguarding, team culture and child protection through the employment at Kids Company. After appearing on Made in Chelsea 2013, Mahny was presented with a book deal from Octopus Publishing House.
Her book 'DOGA: YOGA FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG', was released on May 4th 2015 in all major bookstores.
Mahny and her Maltese pooch Robbie have appeared on countless chat shows both national and international and recently made the headline news with their recent appearance on 'ITV This Morning' (famously known for the "doggie-hump-scene" live on national TV).
Previously she was invited on 'The Alan Titchmarsh Show', 'The Sunday Brunch' and have a whole episode featured on Doga on 'Ronnie Corbetts Animal Crackers', 'BBC' and 'Fat Pets Slimmer By The Year'. Mahny and Robbie are looking forward to their appearance on 'The Auction House C4' (series 2) shortly.
Mahny will soon carry out international Dogamahny workshops to promote her method which benefits both humans and dogs.
In the Media Sources
In The Media: '12 -'16
- The Chicago Tribune
- Newsweek US , Special Edition : Yoga Life
- US Yoga Journal
- Wall Street Journal
- The New York Post & Chicago Tribune
- The Auction House C4, (Series 2, Episode 1)
- This Morning ITV
- The Mirror
- Fat Pets Slimmer By the Year ITV
- The Londonist
- Yoga Journal Australia
- London Live News
- Tesco Living
- Cosmopolitan Body (May)
- The Dog Rescuers , C5
- Telematin , France 2
- Newsnight BBC2
- The Sunday Times
- CBS News
- The Jimmy Kimmel Show NBC
- OM Yoga Show, Doga Demo, Kensington Olympia
- BBC1 Ronnie Corbett's Animal Crackers
- ITV The Alan Titchmarsh Show
- Top Sante Magazine
- British Airways Highlife Magazine
- Vets Clinic TV
- Spirit and Destiny Magazine
- Japan Journals
- The Sun
- The Metro
- Evening Standard
- The Sunday Brunch
Dogamahny TM was born through Mahny's studies with Kids Company. In 2009. Mahny was invited to become an in-house yoga teacher at a South London street centre for Kids Company (Kenbury), where she has worked with hundreds of traumatised and abused kids. Based on the kids company method of the "attachment theory", Mahny was quick to observe the immediate trigger points that would set off a "fight-or-flight response" in each of these kids when exposed to a new activity/situation.
The Breathe is the Key
Similar to young children, dogs ‘copy’ the owners breathing habits. Restless, irregular breathing pattern can influence the dog’s behaviour as well as sound and touch. Mahny came to realise by using ‘yogic’ breathing and physical contact (massage) the dog’s heart rate would slow down automatically, improving the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide to the flow of the blood. The dog’s parasympathetic nervous system would usually kick in after the first 20 minutes of a yoga session. Similar to a human yoga class some dogs may fall asleep on the yoga mat, some may enjoy a quiet space far out of reach from the group while other dogs may happily join in the fun.