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About downwarddogdvm

Just a small animal vet trying to live her yoga.

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat 2018

The Customs officer leaned out the booth window. “Where are you going?”, he asked. “Chicago”, I said. “For a meeting on mindfulness in veterinary medicine.”. “I’m a psychologist.”, he replied. He had been hooked by our brief conversation. “What do … Continue reading

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Happy Chinese New Year!

How could I resist! After all, it’s the Year of the Dog. I had to write a post to celebrate one of my fav animals. Part of this blog’s title includes a nod to the canine species. And I’m a … Continue reading

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A Valentine for You

Slightly irregular but the intent is there… With Love, Downward Dog DVM

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What happens when your dentist knows you are a veterinarian

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Talking to veterinary students about mindfulness meditation

It was surreal to stand in the classroom where I’d been taught, more than 20 years ago, and speak about mindfulness meditation. The funny part was that the broken swivel chair in room 1714 was still causing problems! Ah, fond … Continue reading

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Bread baking, as meditation

The yeast can’t be rushed. It will work at its own pace, to make the dough rise. The oven needs to come to temperature, before the bread can be baked. The loaf needs to cool completely before slicing, to allow … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Meditation Retreat 2017

“You can only do what time and resources allow.” M. Gaspar “You are not having a bad life. You are just having a bad day.” M. Beard Happily overtired because I opted to skip sleep to stay up late and … Continue reading

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Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving 2017

Because having a sense of humour (note the spelling), makes it special! https://vimeo.com/244900478

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The Art of Yin Yoga, with Pauline Zink

Just finished a two day workshop learning about Yin Yoga, as taught by Paulie Zink. His Taoist based style of yoga is playful, based on animal movements and encourages energy (Qi) flow. Always grateful to have a reason to visit … Continue reading

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Great Ideas 2017, wellness and yoga

It’s already been two weeks since I was in Collingwood, Ontario for the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association’s Great Ideas 2017 conference!  Just sitting down to write about it now… Being able to take some time away from work was a … Continue reading

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