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
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
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
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