By Jenny Park
You’ve just finished your Yoga certification course and an exciting opportunity has landed at your feet. A friend gave you a reference at a nearby medical building and you have been chosen to teach a bunch of healthy medical professionals. You visit the space and love it, but you begin to realize that stress and bad health habits are rampant through the entire facility. What can you do? Are you going to lecture them? Doctors lecture us everyday and I don’t think they’re up to listening about health habits from the local Yoga teacher.
The Stressful Lifestyle
Almost everyone has to deal with stress at work or just life in general. Some of the most stressful jobs are those within the medical field. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are almost constantly on the go, while facing life or death situations every day, often multiple times a day. Many of them have high stress levels that often lead to physical ailments such as high blood pressure, aches and pains, and even depression. Having an outlet that will reduce stress and promote relaxation is something that can be a true lifesaver, and Yoga sessions can often be the outlet.
Although more doctors are seeing the benefits of Yoga for their patients, they don’t always practice what they preach. It is important for people to realize that taking time out of a busy schedule in order to practice Yoga can actually be very restorative and lead to better productivity. Numerous studies have shown that regular exercise, including Yoga training, goes a long way toward reducing stress and other harmful health conditions. It can lower blood pressure, help with digestive issues, and lead to better sleep. And many people, even if they don’t work in the medical field, can benefit from all of those things.
Creating New Habits
Although medical workers definitely lead hectic lives that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to schedule some downtime. It might mean getting up fifteen minutes earlier to move through some poses, or taking time out of the end of the day to stretch and do some meditation. Taking time out to go to a class at least once a week can help to put things in perspective, both on the job and off. Getting recharged through relaxing the mind and the body is something that is good for everyone, no matter what their profession is.
One of the best things about Yoga practice is that it is portable. It can be done almost anywhere, even in an office. There are poses that are specifically geared toward people who lead busy lives that may only have a few minutes here or there. Even meditating for short periods of time can help to calm nerves and reduce stress, and doctors and nurses are often especially mindful of the benefits that go along with that.
Tips for Teachers
Opportunities to run your own Yoga school at a nearby medical building or hospital are springing up. Rather than lecture, it would be best to act as a sounding board. Yoga instructors wear many hats and it’s best for teachers to offer a haven from anxiety. A quiet space and time away from the madness is what they need. If you’re ever tempted to say anything, hold your tongue and be a good example.
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