A few months ago my husband and I offered a workshop on behalf of the non-profit Kula for Karma, educating medical residents at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach about the benefits of therapeutic yoga.
Why medical residents? Because they are at the early stages of a very challenging career path, and they are under enormous pressure. They face high rates of stress, burnout, and depression -- and physicians as a whole have a suicide rate more than twice as high as the general population.
My life journey over the last few years has taken me through different stages of anxiety and depression. This made me more sensitive and aware about how these things affect more people than we know. Sometimes they affect even the people who seem to be the most successful or the most highly performing.
After receiving specialized training from Kula for Karma I decided to broaden my teaching to include not only yoga that is taught in fitness centers, or yoga studios, but yoga that is therapeutically oriented.
Fast forward to today. That initial workshop we offered to the Mount Sinai faculty and residents translated into a weekly Kula for Karma yoga class for residents, hosted at the Hospital every Wednesday.
Our first class was this week and as you can see many of them came wearing their scrubs. Some still had long hours ahead of them.
It is reassuring for me to see the benefits of yoga rippling into places like airports, senior centers, rehab centers, and even our hospitals.
It gives me hope for the future that even as the intensity of our lives increases, there are also tools being offered and expanded as well. Especially for those who are at risk.
Next time you visit your doctor, remember: they go through a lot as well. Treat them with kindness. It’s a tough profession, with a lot of pressures and lot of exposure to traumas. But there's a stigma that says doctors can't be sick or talk about their personal struggles.
We have to take care of those who take care of us. Everyone struggles in one way or another.
Hopefully we will see here in Miami, and across the nation, other hospitals following the lead.
For more information about the work that Kula for Karma does expanding the benefits of therapeutic yoga please visit this link.
Adrian Molina has been teaching yoga continuously since 2004. He is a well-known and respected instructor in Miami and New York, with an extensive worldwide following through his platform and school of yoga, Warrior Flow. Adrian and his husband Dennis reside in Miami and frequently lead workshops and international retreats in NYC and around the world. Adrian is also a writer, massage therapist, Reiki healer, meditation teacher, sound therapist, and a Kriya yoga practitioner in the lineage of Paramahansa Yogananda. Adrian is recognized for the community-building work he does in Miami and beyond.