I’m published!

Today’s the official launch date of the book “Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People“.  It’s to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Ontario Veterinary College, my alma mater.  And I’m proud to say that I wrote one of the essays in the book!  My contribution is called “Yoga Lessons from My Dog”.

The anthology is available for order on Amazon and at independent bookstores like the “Bookshelf“, where they’re holding the book reading tonight.

Hope that you get a chance to read the book!  (Would make a great Father’s Day gift for your animal-loving Dad…I know that’s what I’m gonna do.)

 

The Five Elements and Dog Breeds

When I as a little girl, I spent hours colouring in my dog sticker book. I was obsessed. I think it was part of my early foundation in veterinary medicine. Nowadays, wherever I go, I enjoy playing the game “identify the breed of dog”.

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Teaching yoga to veterinarians

I completed week two of my veterinary acupuncture course (more to come on that in another post) in early December.  During week 1, I offered to teach a 30 minute Gentle Flow yoga class to any of the forty or so veterinarians participating.   I knew that I needed to move around before settling into a whole day of learning and hoped some would feel the same.  Nine hours of combined sitting and standing can wear a body out.  The group fluctuated between 6-8 regulars, so I kept the classes going the next time we were in training.  No commitments.  Didn’t matter if they’d done yoga before or not.

I’ve had several “yoga firsts” from this experience.

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Puppy Mind

Thoughts buzzing about inside my head, like a honey bee that flies back and forth between fragrant flowers.  Before I started doing yoga, I didn’t think this was normal.  But I know that I don’t have ADD.  Why should my mind not be able to stay focused on one thing?  Where are all these thoughts coming from?  Why can’t I stop this endless stream? Continue reading