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Lotus: Next Level Yoga Pose Series

PADMASANA Level 2-3: Intermediate-Advanced   Benefits: Stable and lengthening foundation for the spine whilst seated/meditating Opens the hips by improving external rotation Calms the mind/nervous system, is very grounding Contraindications/Cautions (consult your physician): Injury or inflammation of the ankles, knees, or pelvis. Do not practice this pose without an instructor present if you are a… Continue reading Lotus: Next Level Yoga Pose Series

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VetYogi is now on YouTube!

I'm excited to introduce the new VetYogi YouTube channel!  As many of you whom I've met, or who follow VetYogi on social media, are aware, I am trying to bring Yoga and Meditation to my fellow veterinary professionals (From Neutering to Namaste: Why one Vet decided to become a Yoga Teacher). I passionately believe that… Continue reading VetYogi is now on YouTube!

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Food with love: Irish Apple Cake (Vegan)

Featuring seasonal apples, spices, cruelty-free dairy/egg alternatives, and a dash of my Irish heritage (VY), here comes another offering perfect for Cake Fridays! Rosie (Lickthespoonblog) has done it again, and transformed this cake into a beautiful and tasty vegan recipe, which she kindly allows me to share with my VetYogis. If you enjoy this cake,… Continue reading Food with love: Irish Apple Cake (Vegan)

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Heart to heart: a loving energy meditation

This meditation is designed to focus the mind and heart on the people in our lives, whilst bringing us inner joy, gratitude, and relaxation benefits. Tap into the energy at the heart center, feel the love begin to flow out of your chest. If you find this difficult, try and imagine the feeling you get… Continue reading Heart to heart: a loving energy meditation

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The VetYogi Review and Experiences of WellVet Weekend 2018

Friday 24th August saw me heading to Girton College, Cambridge, for the inaugural veterinary wellbeing-focused event, WellVet Weekend. A collaboration by Vetsnet and VetLed aiming to provide a weekend ‘of wellbeing, sport, fun, laughter, all with the wider cause of committing to make a positive change’ for the veterinary community.   Based on my experience… Continue reading The VetYogi Review and Experiences of WellVet Weekend 2018

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Lessons from WellVet Weekend 2018: Purposeful Living for Veterinary Professionals

Fresh from the immensely successful debut event collaboration from the people at Vetsnet and Vetled, I thought I would share with you some of the take-home messages I learned in the 'Purposeful Living' seminar at WellVet Weekend 2018. The session was delivered by the 'Wellbeing and Stress Management Facilitator', Louise Lloyd, who has 15 years… Continue reading Lessons from WellVet Weekend 2018: Purposeful Living for Veterinary Professionals

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Sa Ta Na Ma: A Meditation which can Improve Memory

If you struggle to meditate without any structure, then Sa Ta Na Ma might be the meditation experience for you. Brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan, it is a Kirtan Kriya (meaning in Sanskrit 'song/praise' and 'to do', respectively) and is considered to be one of the most important meditations in Kundalini Yoga. It… Continue reading Sa Ta Na Ma: A Meditation which can Improve Memory

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From mean to meaningful: 5 ways to train your inner voice to be kind

Can that inner voice in your mind sometimes be your own worst enemy? Do you ever subject yourself to a seemingly endless internal monologue, featuring your failures and insecurities? Can you go from happy and positive one moment, to down and despairing the next, having consulted nobody but yourself? These negative thought processes within us… Continue reading From mean to meaningful: 5 ways to train your inner voice to be kind

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Food with love: Mushroom and Aubergine Bolognese (vegan)

For my VetYogi foodies, here comes another delicious vegan recipe to tempt your tastebuds! This is perfect comfort food for if you need a little loving after a strenuous day at work, and leftovers (if there are any) can provide tasty lunches. If you like this recipe, check out Lickthespoonblog where there are plenty of options for… Continue reading Food with love: Mushroom and Aubergine Bolognese (vegan)

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Sama Vritti: Balance the Breath and Balance Yourself

According to its Sanskrit origins, where the life force is breath, the practice of 'Pranayama' is to expand/prolong ('ayama') the life-force ('prana'). Yoga and pranayama have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety by 'down-regulating the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis that triggers as a response to a physical or psychological demand' (1).  It can have both… Continue reading Sama Vritti: Balance the Breath and Balance Yourself

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From Neutering to Namaste: Why one Vet decided to become a Yoga Teacher

Since achieving my childhood dream and qualifying as a vet in 2012, I have worked in many different veterinary clinics and branch practices in my role as a locum veterinary surgeon. I have had the pleasure of working alongside a wide variety of veterinary teams, filled with people from different walks of life and from… Continue reading From Neutering to Namaste: Why one Vet decided to become a Yoga Teacher

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Lessons from WellVet Weekend 2018: Pacing yourself in Practice

Having recently attended WellVet Weekend at Girton College, Cambridge, I was lucky enough to attend some fantastic CPD sessions, as well as teach yoga and meditation sessions to some wonderful vets and nurses.     The only downside of attending those sessions, was having to miss out on the ones running at the same time!… Continue reading Lessons from WellVet Weekend 2018: Pacing yourself in Practice

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Nadi Shodhana: Alternate nostril breathing for an altered state of mind

This beautiful and cleansing form of Pranayama does exactly what it promises from its Sanskrit origins, with ‘nadi’ meaning ‘channel’, and ‘shodhana’ meaning ‘purification’. It can reduce stress and anxiety, and help to engage and balance both hemispheres of the brain. As discussed in Sama Vritti, the practice of 'Pranayama' is to expand/prolong ('ayama') the… Continue reading Nadi Shodhana: Alternate nostril breathing for an altered state of mind

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Tree: Foundation Yoga Pose Series

VRKSASANA Level 1: Beginner Benefits: Improves balance and focus Strengthens the joints and tones the muscles in the standing leg Can help with flat feet and sciatica Calms the nervous system Contraindications/Cautions (consult your physician): Injuries/inflammation of the ankles/knees/hips Sacroiliac joint injury/inflammation Vestibular issues- can help improve balance but use support to prevent falling Pregnancy-… Continue reading Tree: Foundation Yoga Pose Series