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Food with love: Spiced parsnip soup (vegan)

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)

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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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Forearm Plank: Foundation Yoga Pose Series

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

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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