SOM fellow also teaches yoga at national meeting

Shilpa Babbar, M.D., a second year fellow in the School of Medicine's Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship program, taught yoga classes when she wasn't busy with meetings at the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine meetings in San Diego this past February.
Shilpa Babbar, M.D., a second-year fellow in the School of Medicine’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship program, taught yoga classes when she wasn’t busy with meetings at the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine meetings in San Diego this past February.

Shilpa Babbar, M.D., has her own way of coping with the stress of being a second-year maternal-fetal medicine fellow in the School of Medicine program.

Yoga.

Babbar doesn’t just practice it herself. She’s also a registered yoga instructor and volunteered to teach yoga classes for her maternal-fetal medicine colleagues in February at the 35th annual Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine meetings in San Diego.

Babbar taught yoga classes twice daily to 99 of the more than 2,000 physicians attending the medical conference. Babbar led the group in practicing yoga postures, while watching the sun rise and set on the hotel lawn.

Participants received personalized yoga mats and carrying cases and, in turn, the classes raised more than $4,000 for the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. A portion of the proceeds also went to the Pregnancy Foundation, which supports development of research and clinical skills in maternal-fetal medicine.

Babbar said she thought the classes were well received and the meeting organizers hope to offer yoga classes at the organization’s future meetings.