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 luxury.  It was hard to let go initially, as I had a few patients and their families who needed some follow-up via email.  However, I was mindful that I had to take care of myself too, in order to take care of them.  I tried to hold onto that idea as I stayed at the stunning Blue Mountain Resort.

The cool part is that the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) encouraged relaxation with learning, by including wellness in the program schedule.  A full day lecture series by Beverly Beuermann-King focused on recognizing stress and tools for building resiliency.  A fun run through the Blue Mountain paths on Thursday, with Darren Osborne.  The next day was scheduled for a morning yoga class on the terrace, amongst the fresh air and sunshine.

Although it rained and had to be held indoors on the mezzaine/foyer, I was glad to teach the yoga class for the second year in a row.  I centered the cues on body awareness, to bring more mindfulness overall.  Connecting mind to body is hard to do when your brain wants to keep the hamster wheel spinning.  Beautiful surroundings were the inspiration for being present, as we moved through the class.

Yoga is part of the toolkit for skillful living.  Sharing a practice with my veterinary colleagues created comraderie and was a fantastic way to start the day.

Last Yin class for Summer 2016

Last Yin class with me this summer!

Mon 22 Aug, 7-8 pm, $15 drop in fee with partial proceeds to Pajama Angels/Yoga4Hope.  At PJ HQ on 452 Charles St, Windsor.

This is what it’s been all about…making time for you and supporting a good cause.  Yoga4Hope event runs all day on 27 Aug 2016.  Details and tickets at

Get your Yin in!

(My copy of Bernie Clark’s Yin Yoga book is digital, or that would have been in this photo too!)

Get your Yin in, before it’s too late!

What’s the Summer of Yin 2016 schedule, you say?

Last three classes run from 7-8 pm on Aug 8th/15th/22nd, at Pajama Angels HQ on 452 Charles St., Windsor. Drop-in $15 fee/class, with partial proceeds to Yoga4Hope.

Thanks to those who have joined me in the mat.  Love spending Monday’s with you!


Last Yin yoga class for the month is on Mon July 18th.

Heads up!

Join me for Yin yoga at the spacious Pajama Angels HQ @ 452 Charles St., Windsor.  On Mon July 18th, 7-8 pm, free parking, $15 drop-in fee with partial proceeds to PJ Angels/Yoga4Hope.

(This will be the last class for July, as I’m away on July 25 for another camping trip. Sneaking it in while summer is still here!)

If you can’t attend, hope to see you on August 8th, 15th or 22nd.

No Yin scheduled on 04 July 2016.

 Taking a pause in Butterfly pose, during a hike at Pukaskwa National Park. A week up North without Wifi or cell service.  My iPhone addiction needs a break.  Add in some afternoon naps and I’m really on vacation.


No Yin scheduled at PJHQ for tonite. Hope to see you on Mon July 11th at 7 pm. Check flyer for details or email me at for more info.


I was happily surprised to see that the photos taken during the guided hike last year, to White River Suspension Bridge, were used for posters this year!