This year in July it will be 8 years since I qualified as a vet, and I'm pretty sure that is the BVA's cut-off for considering us to be 'young' vets. Ouch! At the risk of sounding cliched, I have no idea where the time has gone, and in the same way that I can't… Continue reading From Surgery to Chakras: Balancing being a vet and a yoga teacher
This year the team behind WellVet Weekend ensured that parenting veterinary professionals didn't have to miss out by welcoming parents alongside their "diddy delegates", and introducing the 'Family' stream. This event gave me an opportunity to teach a 'Parent and Baby' yoga class for the first time ever, and these are my reflections on that… Continue reading A VetYogi first: Teaching ‘Parent and Baby’ yoga
One of the great sessions to come out of the Flexible stream at WellVet Weekend 2019 was presented by Professor Elinor O'Connor, and entitled 'A Vet's work is never done: The importance of after-work recovery for wellbeing'. Elinor is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Professor of Occupational Psychology at the University of Manchester’s Business School. Elinor’s… Continue reading Lessons from WellVet Weekend 2019: The Importance of After-Work Recovery for Wellbeing
One of my favourite sessions I attended in the WellVet 'Mindful' stream this year was entitled 'Progress is born out of self-awareness', which was presented by Caroline Pearson of Progressive Vet Consulting. Caroline graduated from Cambridge in 1999 and worked in Small Animal practice for 10 years before moving into recruitment management within the Defence… Continue reading Lessons from WellVet Weekend 2019: Progress is born out of self-awareness
MAKARA ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA Level 1: Beginner Benefits: Strengthens the arms, legs, gluteals, and core Stretches the hamstrings, calves, shoulders, and arches of the feet Promotes lengthening of the spine and good posture Encourages focus, concentration, and can relieve stress Good prep pose for arm balances and inversions Contraindications/Cautions (consult your physician): High blood pressure… Continue reading Forearm Plank: Foundation Yoga Pose Series
Take a deep breath. Inhale steadily through the nose and expand the chest in all directions. Exhale fully through the nose until the chest feels empty. There! Simple, right? Well, unfortunately this apparently simple action can be far from easy when we are stressed, anxious, and finding ourselves in 'fight, flight or freeze' mode. If… Continue reading Build the Breath, Reclaim your Calm
A big bowl of tasty soup can be really comforting, and a great go-to for if you're feeling in need of some nutritional nurturing. This soup packs a punch with its spices and flavour, and this recipe provides enough portions to keep you going for work lunches, or easily feed the average family. If you… Continue reading Food with love: Spicy Tomato and Lentil Soup (vegan)
One of the great things about practicing yoga is that regardless of how you are feeling, there is a sequence, or a posture, or a space, for that moment in time. With its endless variety, styles, and education, yoga is there for you regardless of whether you feel strong or vulnerable, happy or sad, energised… Continue reading VetYogi Quiz: Which yoga pose should you do based on your current mood?
Having recently moved back to the UK from NZ, I am settling in to being home again, and Spring is always a lovely time to be here. For those who don't know, I am a locum veterinary surgeon and a qualified yoga teacher, so my priorities in coming home are to continue to do the… Continue reading VetYogi Yoga and Meditation Classes for Veterinary Professionals
I am very excited to share with you the recipe for one of my favourite curries, and who doesn't love a curry? Courtesy once again of culinary queen, Rosie (Lickthespoonblog), not only does a portion of this curry give a warm fuzzy feeling, but also 2 of your 5 a day! It's healthy and delicious,… Continue reading Food with love: Sri Lankan Curry (vegan)
Pranayama is one of the 8 limbs of Yoga, and a beautiful way to consciously connect the mind, body, and breath. There is a reason that 'Prana' means life-force. We reflexively breathe all day every day- without it, we wouldn't survive- but how often do you breathe consciously? Pranayama has a large variety of benefits,… Continue reading Just breathe: 3 easy ways to connect with your breath
Easter weekend can mean lots of things to different people, but to veterinary professionals it can often mean a long weekend on call, or just another weekend without a break. Hopefully you're enjoying the sunshine, a chance to catch up with friends and family, and Easter treats, but if not, allow VetYogi to help you… Continue reading Yoga for the Veterinary Weekend Worker
On Sunday 10th February 2019, we welcomed the first group of VetYogis to the inaugural 'Surgery to Sanctuary' event at Bethells Beach near Auckland, NZ. The Kiwi summer really turned it on with blue skies and beautiful sunshine; we could not have asked for better weather. The group consisted of a variety of small and… Continue reading Our first ‘Surgery to Sanctuary’ experience
Want to learn about yoga and meditation in a gorgeous setting, surrounded by like-minded veterinary colleagues? Care to know how you can utilise these ancient practices to improve your wellbeing within the profession? Is it important to you that your teachers have first-hand experience of the challenges we face within our veterinary roles, and know… Continue reading Yoga and Meditation for Veterinary Professionals: Auckland 2019
Whether you're giving Veganuary a go, or vegan/veggie all year round, here at VetYogi we've got you covered with some easy, healthy, and tasty, recipes for you to try, mostly courtesy of my favourite home cook, Rosie (Lickthespoonblog) These dishes are cruelty-free, guilt-free, and some of them are gluten-free (GF); mix them up, try one… Continue reading 7 Delicious Dishes for you to try this Veganuary
It's finally 2019, which means that our inaugural NZ-based one-day yoga and meditation events (exclusively for veterinary professionals), 'Surgery to Sanctuary' are just around the corner, and we are getting excited! If you're thinking about coming, or haven't heard about it before, and want to know just what we're offering, you've come to the right… Continue reading Surgery to Sanctuary: Offerings for Veterinary Professionals
CALLING ALL NEW ZEALAND VETERINARY CLINICS! Look around you; how many colleagues have you seen suffering with problems like stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and burnout? Perhaps you have experienced these symptoms personally; the unfortunate statistics would suggest that most of us have, or worse, at some point in our career. We are not alone. Dr.… Continue reading How could ‘Surgery to Sanctuary’ benefit your staff?
There are now 10 videos in the 5 minute yoga sequence series available on the VetYogi YouTube channel, for you to follow along with any time, any place! Suitable for all levels, including beginners, the 5 minute series gives you the flexibility to choose the areas of the body which most need your attention, without… Continue reading The full VetYogi 5 minute yoga sequence series is now available on YouTube
You may have seen recently that I have been talking a lot on vetyogi.com about an upcoming special event I am co-hosting, with Sylvie Mclean, here in NZ in February 2019, called 'Surgery to Sanctuary'. We are proud to present two one-day retreats into the ancient practices of yoga and meditation, but in ways specifically… Continue reading The ‘Surgery to Sanctuary’ Event Programme (NZ 2019)
If you're a vet, vet nurse, or associated veterinary professional currently living/working in NZ, we hope you'll join us for the inaugural 'Surgery to Sanctuary' events in Christchurch and Auckland in February 2019. Here are the details: Just in case you would like to know more about the people who are excited and honoured to… Continue reading Introducing the duo behind ‘Surgery to Sanctuary’ in NZ (Feb 2019)
Fancy spending the day learning about yoga and meditation, whilst meeting fellow like-minded veterinary professionals, and clocking up a couple of hours of CPD? If so then this might be the event for you... We are delighted to present a one-day exploration of yoga and meditation, with teaching, seminars, and advice on how it can… Continue reading Surgery to Sanctuary NZ 2019: Book your place now!
Have you heard the wonderful news? The same team which brought you the inaugural WellVet Weekend in August of last year, are giving us another opportunity to get a full dose of the veterinary warm fuzzy feels, whilst clocking up some CPD! I cannot express how much I enjoyed teaching yoga and meditation at last… Continue reading Get Ready for Round Two: WellVet Weekend 6-8th September 2019!
Here's another sweet vegan treat for you to enjoy, courtesy of Rosie (Queen of Tarts) from Lickthespoonblog. Mix up your jams, fruits, and toppings, to create endless varieties that are sure to both go down well at work and happy up your home. Enjoy! "Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It… Continue reading Food with love: Vegan Fruit Tarts (Plum/Almond, Pear/Quince, Fig/Earl Grey)
Wednesday 7th November 10.00 (AEST) or 13.00 (NZ) There's still time to register for this upcoming Webinar co-hosted by Dr. Nadine Hamilton, a leading psychologist in the veterinary industry, and yours truly (a rare breed of veterinarian AND yoga teacher). Dr. Nadine will start by exploring key stressors for veterinary professionals, and introducing her evidence-based… Continue reading Webinar this week: Managing Stress and Meditating
Nothing like a warm, hearty bowl of soup to make you feel cosy and cared for! Perfect as a starter for a dinner for your loved ones, or as a meal in its own right, this soup can keep giving as it serves 6. This quick and easy soup can see you through a busy… Continue reading Food with love: Mushroom soup (vegan)
SUPTA BADDHA KONASANA Level 1: Beginner Benefits: Stretches the inner thighs Hip opener: improves range of external rotation of the hips Can incorporate a heart opening element (with bolster/blocks) Calming and restorative Can aid digestion by activating the parasympathetic 'rest and digest' mode Can be relieving for menstrual cramps and tension Contraindications/Cautions (consult your physician):… Continue reading Reclining Bound Angle Pose: Foundation Yoga Pose Series
I'm very excited to bring this recipe to VetYogi, because it is one of my favourite dishes! My Godmother and food guru, Rosie (Lickthespoonblog), used to make this for me before I was vegan- and of course it was delicious- but since becoming vegan I am very lucky to have had great support both from… Continue reading Food with love: Aubergine Parmigiana (vegan)
Calling all veterinary professionals! Whether you're a vet within, or outside of, clinical practice, a valued member of the nursing/tech or management team, or the face of the clinic in reception, here's a date for your diaries: Wednesday 7th November 2018. I will have the honour of presenting a live webinar alongside Dr. Nadine Hamilton,… Continue reading Positive Psych Solutions and VetYogi present a Webinar: ‘Managing Stress and Meditating: A Guide for Veterinary Professionals’
We hear a lot about how important it is to get the 'right' work-life balance, but what does that even mean? Technically work-life balance (WLB) is defined as 'the division of one's time and focus between working and family or leisure activities', and I think we all know the literal meaning of the term! However,… Continue reading What does ‘Work-Life Balance’ mean to you?
Some people may be painfully aware that their work-life balance is less than ideal, and feel they are suffering as a result, whilst others may feel they have it sussed by now, and are reaping the benefits of prioritised time to spend with the people important to them, and doing the things they love. Perhaps… Continue reading The VetYogi Work-Life Balance Quiz
In the mood for something healthy, fresh, crunchy and quick to make? These Vietnamese Rolls are ideal for helping you to get some of your 5 a day, and you can use whatever you fancy (or whatever you happen to have in the fridge). I often take these to work for lunch, and I find… Continue reading Food with love: Vietnamese Spring Rolls (vegan and gluten-free)
I was absolutely honoured to be asked by the combined teams of Vetsnet and VetLed to lead the morning meditation sessions at their first ever WellVet Weekend event. One month on and I'd like to congratulate everyone involved in the ideas, organising, sessions, and support, on a wonderful and successful debut! It was also lovely… Continue reading WellVet Weekend 2018: The VetYogi Meditation sessions
NECK STRETCHES Level 1: Beginner Benefits: Eases tension in the neck and shoulders Can help with headaches Can gently improve range of motion in the neck over time Aids relaxation Connects movement to breath Contraindications/Cautions (consult your physician): Injuries/inflammation of the cervical spine, discs, vertebrae, including atlantoaxial joint If you find sitting on the floor… Continue reading Neck Stretch Sequence: Foundation 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
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!
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I'll be honest- winter is not my favourite season! Especially after the joys of Christmas, these cold and dark days when we are basically waiting for Spring, can be a bit bleak. Cold weather calls for comfort food, and this tasty spiced soup with seasonal parsnips really hits the spot! Yet another homemade recipe from… Continue reading Food with love: Spiced parsnip soup (vegan)