4 Paws - 5 Elements

Workshop with Jacqueline Heller
with Jacqueline Heller, DVM, CVA
11:30am - 1:30pm
Price: $35
Location: Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala
34207 Pacific Coast Highway 2nd Floor, Dana Point, CA

Yogic Principles and Your Pet

Yoga creates a healthy climate in our mind, body and spirit. Healthy mind, body and spirit equates to a healthy happy life. Likewise, when animals have healthy bodies and spirits their wellbeing is greatly enhanced.

Jackie Heller is a holistic veterinarian certified in veterinary acupuncture. In her practice, Jackie combines complementary and alternative therapies, sometimes together with existing western therapies, to ensure the best possible health and well-being for her companion animal patients.

In this workshop Jackie will discuss the benefits of holistic living and wellness for your canine and feline family members. This will include discussions on wholesome pet nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element Theory, as well as acupuncture and acupressure therapy. Through this meeting you will have the opportunity to become more aware of nourishing holistic options that exist for your pet.


Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to initiate a desired effect. The process is used worldwide as a single therapy or in conjunction with other modalities to treat a wide variety of diseases. It has been used in both humans and animals for thousands of years. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy, acupuncture is thought to balance the body's energy (known as qi) and consequently assist the body to maintain or restore health.

Pet Nutrition

Nutrition is vital to our health and well-being. The same is true for our pets. Wholesome, fresh, species-appropriate foods are generally the best choice to ensure your pet’s optimal health. Highly processed, cooked foods may promote systemic inflammation which can manifest as numerous chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, kidney disease and cancer.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Five Element Theory

Every individual, both human and animal alike, is born with inherent personality traits that make us have a dominant element for our personality. In Chinese medicine, the relationships between these elements, in particular an imbalance, are the basis for disease. We will explore the Five Element constitutional types to see which you think best describes your dog or cat. This is a way of categorizing the personality and disease tendencies of an animal. By comparing an animal to its most dominant elemental personality type we can understand the patient as a whole and better address the imbalances associated with their constitutional type.


Jackie has been a practicing veterinarian since 2002. During her career, she has practiced general medicine, surgery, emergency medicine and toxicology. Jackie completed certification to become a veterinary acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2009. Since then, she has dedicated her practice to holistic care, acupuncture and nutritional support. This allows her to combine the best aspect of eastern and western medical philosophies in treating her patients.

To learn more about Jacqueline's holistic veterinary practice please visit her website www.petsacupuncture.com.