Which professionals really need yoga? Doctors. It’s a burned out health care world. “Roughly half of the physicians in the United States suffer from burnout, and every specialty of medicine is affected.”
Last week, I received this email from a doctor: “There is big problem with physician true burnout, stress, suicide, depression, etc. Mental health is hard to address with the individual – they don’t seek care, don’t want to be tagged, and don’t want to be thought of as incapable, etc. It is so problematic.”
There are about 8 million health care workers in the U.S. but many are unhealthy. Other clinicians in the health care system aren’t doing much better. Studies show that nurses are stressed out, eat too much junk food, don’t get enough sleep, and have an increased cardiometabolic risk.
So how do yoga professionals help bring the lifestyle-changing, transformative practices of yoga to clinicians who desperately need them? One model is Work Well NW, developed by my friends at Three Trees Yoga in Tacoma, Suzy Green, Jeni Martinez, and Karen Schwisow. Check them out – they are doing amazing work.