Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you must have seen some of the recent news about the health benefits of yoga and meditation. I work closely with many doctors and nurses on The Crystal Coast of N.C. Many know me as, “The Yoga Nurse,” and although most have never tried yoga or meditation, they are open, interested, and refer patients to me. I pass many nurses in the halls of my local hospital and I have come to know “the look.” The look in their eyes and on their faces that says, “I’m on a mission, on the go, go, go, doing, doing, doing. I’m taking non-stop care of patients in hospitals, in the community, in nursing homes, etc. I’m rushing home to have a few moments with the family before I have to turn around and do it all over again. I’m exhausted, burned out, and please don’t stop me to ask me to do one more thing.” Hmmm, I am sure you know “THE LOOK.” To quote one of my teachers, Hugo Maier, a German doctor, “Your overdoing is your undoing.”
Yoga Nurse Diagnosis: Over-worked, probable adrenal fatigue r/t mental and physical exhaustion. In plain language, stressed out to the max!
Yoga Nurse Treatment: Restorative Yoga & Meditation.
Practically every time you turn around there’s another evidence-based study documenting the health and wellness benefits of meditation and yoga from respected medical journals. The leading medical centers now offer these safe adjunct therapies. Numerous physiological and psychological changes include:
- improved sleep and increased energy
- improved concentration and attention
- decreased blood pressure
- increased muscle flexibility and joint range of motion
- improved posture and balance
- decreased back pain
- decreased aggression and hostility
- increased immunity
- improved digestion and G.I. function
- improved mood and sense of well-being
- improved learning efficiency
“Your overdoing is your undoing.”
It is high time that nurses start to consider self-care and make space for their own quality of life issues. Nurses are notorious for self-care deficit and often end up on multiple meds. When your cup runneth over, there is nothing left to give. Gentle, restorative yoga and meditation will help you from the first session to re-connect to your best self and to tap into an infinite source of energy and rejuvenation. Many nurses DO take yoga classes with me, and the ones that do, experience profound relaxation and renewal. The KEY is to find an experienced teacher who teaches a gentle class. I offer regular weekend retreats on the South Outer Banks of North Carolina, in a gorgeous pristine environment; nurses learn these ancient healing techniques and leave transformed with new tools for transformation. These yogic based adjunct therapies, which include therapeutic stretches and the science of the breath, are also beneficial to caring for your patients. You will learn how to slow down and find peace instead of going to pieces. I look forward to inspiring nurses to experience the immediate health benefits of yoga and meditation for themselves. After all, nurses are patients too! You will learn how to access the inner nurse healer, to create balance, calm, clarity and peace. Blissings from the South Outer Banks of North Carolina.