By Faye Martins
If you are a yoga teacher, you’ve probably reached out to doctors with marginal success. Let’s face it, doctors are busy solving problems and you’re going to do the leg work to get their time. Yoga teacher training does very little to advise you how to network with the medical field, but I can tell you not to give up.
There are many ways to reach doctors, such as direct mail to medical buildings, solo practices, and hospitals. If you mail out 10 letters or cards per day you will be on the way toward networking with the medical industry. When you receive call be prepared with answers from studies and know the specifics. Most of all, a yoga instructors need to realize that most people live a different lifestyle.
Our diet seems to be unhealthy at every turn. Fast and processed food are the staple foods for many people, work demands often take precedence over relaxation and recreation, and many aren’t making regular exercise a priority. This is taking a toll on the health of our world. Doctors are prescribing medications for everything from stress and fatigue to chronic diseases, causing people to rely on pills for their health and well-being instead of looking to their selves.
This is causing some doctors to take a step back from the world of medicine and take a more holistic look at human health and healing. Many doctors are recommending changes in diet and exercise to help the body heal itself. A diet of fresh fruits and vegetables can work wonders. If a person needs to eat animal products, lean meat, fish, and dried cheese (Parmesan and Romano) selections would be an improvement over the fast food diet. Regular exercise routines also cause the body to develop a healthier immune system to fight off many ailments. Doctors are also finding that yoga is beneficial in providing a safe, low-impact way to strengthen the body and lessen the incidence of sickness and disease.
Heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes affect millions of people today as a result of poor diet, lack of exercise and stress. Fortunately, many of these diseases and ailments can be reversed with a change in diet, lifestyle and attitude. People suffering from heart disease often find yoga to be a good alternative because it is gentle on the heart, but it also encourages new blood flow to the entire body and begins to heal the heart. Yogic techniques help people to release stress and have a more positive attitude toward life, which also contributes to healing the entire body.
As more and more doctors recommend yoga, they are finding positive results. Yoga has positive effects on patients suffering chronic pain, stress, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious illnesses like cancer. Yoga encourages an inner reflection and stress release that rids the body of toxins in the mind, which then allows the body to heal itself. The stretches provide a balanced strength and flexibility throughout the entire body. The breathing exercises often incorporated into yoga classes provide another outlet for stress and negativity and allow practitioners to breathe in positive thoughts and emotions.
Doctors recommend yoga because it works. When necessary, the asanas can be modified to meet individual needs. Yogic exercises are therefore suitable for virtually everyone, regardless of age, ailment, history or condition.
The biggest problem we face as teachers is giving up on the medical industry. You won’t get anything by sitting back and waiting for it to come to you. To build on your yoga certification is wise, but you also need marketing, business, and networking skills. Let no one convince you it is not yogic to reach out to the public.
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