For the Love of Learning

One of my sister’s calls me a professional student.  I’m good with that.  OK, so I was in University for a long time (getting into and then completing vet college).  I did yoga school last year and I’m assisting in the yoga teacher training class now.  Then there’s this fall and winter, where I’ve enrolled in a program on animal acupuncture (an exciting way to approach veterinary medicine but very overwhelming since it’s like learning a new language!).

I can’t help it.  I love to learn.

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Yoga school completed!

Yeah!

Dianne gave me the official certificate from Eastside Yoga School this week.  I wasted no time in logging into the Yoga Alliance website and signing up as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).

So why did I decide to do yoga school/shala?

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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…

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The spaces in between

As part of yoga teacher training, I taught my 5th karma community class on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  I was glad to have a chance to be at the studio again but it was a few weeks since I’d done it.  For my 4th karma class, I assisted by demonstrating the poses as my classmate led the practice.  I liked observing someone else’s style.  However, it was time for me to get back into the groove again.

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Final Class for Yoga School

Yoga shala started earlier than usual and Dianne was determined that we stay on schedule.  We needed to take a group photo, write a test, practice yoga, do some kirtan chanting and share in a final feast.  Seemed like an overwhelming to-do list but it all worked out.  I think that time stood still for us that day…or a least we hoped it would.  This was our last class together.

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Compassionate Cuisine workshop with Renee

Food, glorious food!  I love to eat.  I love to cook.  I love to talk about eating and cooking too.  It seemed that there were lots of people just as excited to do the same because the studio was packed for Renee’s presentation on how to eat with compassion.

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A Quiz at Yoga School

It was time to test our knowledge again.  Dianne gave us a short half hour quiz to see how much we’d retained since returning to yoga school after the holidays.  She tried to keep it casual.  The questions covered material on the chakras, Ayurveda medicine and yoga therapy.  Just enough to tickle the brain and make sure that all the neurons were still firing.   Continue reading