Yoga for the Caregiver!

After much trepidation and and avoidance,  I participated in my first  yoga class and realized the wonderful advantages of relaxation the techniques offered.  I researched “benefits of yoga for the caregiver” and found an interesting article from which I share an excerpt.  The full article originally appeared in The Career Planning and Adult Development JOURNAL. Volume 23, Number 4, ISSN 0736-1920 with  guest Editor Dr. Sally Gelardin atwww.agingworks.org.  To read the article in its entirety by Sherri Baptiste, go to:  Power of Yoga

While yoga is helpful for all people, it can prove especially beneficial for caregivers. Caregivers’jobs typically require them to be emotionally and sometimes physically strong in the face of dailychallenges and change. When working with clients who are scared or suffering, caregivers neednourishment for their own tolerance, spiritual and emotional flexibility to thrive. Practicing body mind-spirit techniques will improve the caregiver’s well-being which will have a positive domino effect on the care of the patients.
Caregivers may have moments of doubting their own ability, potential and control. While they may feel like they need to give their all to their [family members] and ignore their own needs, the truth is that they do have a choice. They have the right to take charge of their own lives first and then offer a great quality of care, understanding and compassion in the long run. Yoga, meditation and breathing techniques can help them still their minds and tune into what they want and need. These techniques offer an essential and sometimes life-changing experience of transformation, freedom and inner peace.
Caregivers may feel like they don’t have time to take care of their own health. The problem is if they don’t take care of themselves, they won’t be able to help their [family members] as well. Not taking the time for self-care may mean they perpetuate unconscious and self-destructive patterns and end up getting sick or injured. They may feel resentful of their [loved one] and take out their negative feelings on them. This, of course, will impact their jobs and well as their health! If they don’t think about their own health, they can intensify stress and depression, feel more isolated and perhaps even become numb.
[Caregivers] may feel like they don’t have the time or energy to devote to techniques such as yoga. The good news is that they can do gentle exercises in a small amount of time with a big payoff. Just a few moments of deep breathing, yogic stretches and postures can quickly make the [caregiver] feel more at ease, well, and in charge. Caregivers can practice the yoga exercises anytime and anywhere with very little space or equipment required.
While yoga is helpful for all people, it can prove especially beneficial for caregivers. Caregivers’jobs typically require them to be emotionally and sometimes physically strong in the face of dailychallenges and change. When working with clients who are scared or suffering, caregivers neednourishment for their own tolerance, spiritual and emotional flexibility to thrive.  Practicing body mind-spirit techniques will improve the caregiver’s well-being which will have a positive domino effect on the care of the patients.
Caregivers may have moments of doubting their own ability, potential and control. While they may feel like they need to give their all to their [family members] and ignore their own needs, the truth is that they do have a choice. They have the right to take charge of their own lives first and then offer a great quality of care, understanding and compassion in the long run. Yoga, meditation and breathing techniques can help them still their minds and tune into what they want and need. These techniques offer an essential and sometimes life-changing experience of transformation, freedom and inner peace.
Caregivers may feel like they don’t have time to take care of their own health. The problem is if they don’t take care of themselves, they won’t be able to help their [family members] as well. Not taking the time for self-care may mean they perpetuate unconscious and self-destructive patterns and end up getting sick or injured. They may feel resentful of their [loved one] and take out their negative feelings on them. This, of course, will impact their jobs and well as their health! If they don’t think about their own health, they can intensify stress and depression, feel more isolated and perhaps even become numb.
[Caregivers] may feel like they don’t have the time or energy to devote to techniques such as yoga. The good news is that they can do gentle exercises in a small amount of time with a big payoff. Just a few moments of deep breathing, yogic stretches and postures can quickly make the [caregiver] feel more at ease, well, and in charge. Caregivers can practice the yoga exercises anytime and anywhere with very little space or equipment required.
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