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Kapalabhati: Make the ‘breath of fire’ your friend

With its origins as one of the cleansing practices from the Hatha yoga tradition (shat kriyas), Kapalabhati (or Kapalbhati) is a powerful and fiery breathing technique, and can have profound benefits for the respiratory, digestive, and nervous, systems. Meaning 'skull shining' in Sanskrit, it is said to be one of the most effective practices for… Continue reading Kapalabhati: Make the ‘breath of fire’ your friend

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Introducing the new VetYogi Bespoke Online Yoga Services

These are strange times we are living in at the moment, as COVID-19 continues to affect us all personally and professionally. As a locum vet I am experiencing a mix of situations: I've had some work understandably cancelled so practices can prioritise their permanent teams, but then I'll be helping out doing some part-time sole-charge… Continue reading Introducing the new VetYogi Bespoke Online Yoga Services

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From Surgery to Chakras: Balancing being a vet and a yoga teacher

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

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A VetYogi first: Teaching ‘Parent and Baby’ yoga

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

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Lessons from WellVet Weekend 2019: The Importance of After-Work Recovery for Wellbeing

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

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Lessons from WellVet Weekend 2019: Progress is born out of self-awareness

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

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Build the Breath, Reclaim your Calm

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