Highlights of the week

by Christina on November 4, 2012

Residency is hard, but it is also a finite amount of time and there are some wonderful moments too. Having even just a small amount of time off to cook and exercise and see friends puts it all in perspective pretty quickly. I’m feeling more positive and had a pretty good last week, delivering a lot of babies, and am liking being surrounded by women and babies and love and happiness.

Here are a few highlighted moments of my week that make the long hours a little more bearable:

  • Coming home and buying an expensive Whole Foods salad after a long day.
  • Standing at the kitchen sink for 20 minutes prying out a pile of beautiful pomegranate seeds.
  • Having an old yoga and med school friend (Caitlin) in town, making a big pot of chile and baking cornbread after a morning yoga practice.


  •  Making real popcorn in a pot, sprinkling with nutritional yeast, and cozying up for a good movie.
  • Doing and intense yoga practice and having my body be so sore I can’t walk  or sit down normally (thank you Chad & Devorah)
  • Reading snippets of this book in free moments. It cracks me up! And it inspires me to get back on the yoga track. A Q&A with the author is coming up, but in the meantime enjoy the excellent quotes below that he peppers throughout the book.

“Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself.” ~Bhagavad Gita

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I spent a year teaching in a boy’s prep school and that was a crowd that was trying to make up their minds… I’ve seen them since, and those who followed their zeal, their bliss, they have led decent, wonderful lives; those who did what [others] said they should do because it’s safe found out it’s not safe. It’s a disaster.” ~Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey

“When people do yoga consistently they’re much more open to change. That’s the key: If I’m not open to making changes, then I won’t let myself be aware.” ~Dr. Jeff Migdow

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

min November 4, 2012 at 10:33 am



Chris Palmer November 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Loved reading this!


Adam November 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

a smile formed on face when reading this


G. November 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Hi Christina,
I have recently discovered your blog and am really enjoying it! I am a medical student (in Canada), so I always like to find blogs from other students/residents who are full of passion and energy because it reminds me why I am doing this when times get tougher. I like your focus on wellness, healthy eating and primary care! I also really appreciate how candid you are on your blog when you talk about trying to maintain balance throughout the madness that is (at times) medical training.
I an so curious about how you first got into ashtanga yoga. I have tried other forms of yoga but am very intimidated by ashtanga as many of the moves require lots more flexibility and strength than I have and I don’t know where to begin. Any thoughts?
Keep on the good work!


Christina November 10, 2012 at 12:57 am

So great to hear from you! Thanks for saying hi. Yes, ashtanga can be intimidating at first but I would recommend trying to find a half primary led class and then go from there… ashtanga is great because it allows for a lot of independence and self-practice. I love it! After trying out a bunch of different styles of yoga, ashtanga is the one that fits best with me. Keep me updated, and definitely keep in touch!!!



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