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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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!


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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I taught my first yoga class

Do you remember how it felt to ride a bike for the first time?  The training wheels.  The wobbliness as you tried to travel in a straight line.  Falling over and getting a bruise from the handlebars.  It was all forgotten when you made that first solo ride down the driveway and either managed to stop by yourself or had someone waiting for you at the end.  You did it.

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That dull ache in my back

I feel like a voodoo doll and someone has stuck pins into my low back.  Having chronic low grade cramps, due to PMS.  Happens for 2 weeks out of every month and it tires me out.  It’s been like this for the last 5-6 years now.  Not that it’s really bad or anything.  It just takes me down a notch.  I realize that I should be expecting aches and pains as I’m getting older.  Just to make sure, I’ve had this all checked out medically.  Now I’ve just gotta deal with it.

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