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
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
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?