Downward Dog DVM celebrates 1 year!

Don’t you ever wonder where the time goes?

It’s been one year since I started this blog.  Wow!  I’m so happy to be able to write that down.  Here are some of my musings on this auspicious occasion…

1.  I’m almost done with my requirements for yoga school.  What drove me to sign up in the first place?  I was craving a way to deepen my own practice.  I got that and more.  Only four karma community yoga classes left to teach.  It’ll take me until late July to get them done.  I’ve been fortunate to have positive feedback so far but, since I’m just starting out, I’m open to getting more constructive criticism.

2.  I’ll be teaching some yoga classes at the studio.  I don’t want this to become a full-time job.  It’s a hobby.  It’s a chance to be creative.  I get to share my knowledge with others and help newbies see that yoga really is for everyone.  I’ve come about my yoga experience through diligence and paying attention to alignment.  I hope that this comes across when I teach a class.  I’ve learned so much in leading a practice, adapting to each group of students and finding my own style.  There’s a little trepidation involved with getting up in front of a group, especially if it’s composed of peers that you practice with regularly.  But I’m feeling the fear and doing it anyway!

3.  I’ll be one of several teaching assistants in the second installment of Eastside Yoga’s Teacher Training Program.  I enjoyed being a guinea pig for the first go ’round.  It’ll be interesting to see what changes Dianne incorporates into the shala this year.

4.  Blogging has been let me express my writing chops.  My post called “Yoga lessons from my dog” has been accepted as part of the “Animal Companions, Animal Lovers, Animal Doctors” book that is being published in 2012 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Ontario Veterinary College.  How exciting!  I’ll let you know when the book finally comes out.

5.  I’ve carried my yoga into my veterinary work too.  I’m proud that I can help animals and their people.  In my interactions, I often think about the theme in the Gita that speaks about “…follow(ing) the path of selfless action”.  I act as an interpreter for all the medical information, offer advice on options and try to do it all with compassion.  After that, it’s out of my hands.  Sometimes the outcome is great.  Other times, it isn’t.  But I know that I have tried my best on behalf of those people and their pets and that’s all I can do.

What does year 2 have in store for D3?  Don’t know.  I kind of like it that way.  As they say in Anusara yoga, be open to the possibilities!

  • A lovely post. It shows that you are practicing the true meaning of yoga.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Alan!