Did you know that 4 in 10 U.S. adults are now caring for a sick or elderly family member?
As we work with cancer patients, veterans, and children with learning differences, we witness firsthand the effects of trauma on their Care Givers, whether they are parents, siblings, and children, or formal caregivers, such as doctors, nurses, therapists, and teachers. Many of these care givers do not have the tools to recognize when they are depressed or emotionally exhausted, to notice their patience dwindling, or to be aware of a growing sense of disconnection or isolation.
“Caring for the Care Givers” is a program designed to create internal awareness, to develop a witness mindset, so that we may begin to find appropriate ways to recharge our own batteries and care for ourselves appropriately. We create a safe environment for self-care and the exploration of burnout. Participants begin to reap the benefits of a regular practice including better sleep, reduced stress, anxiety, and irritability, and improved mood, energy levels, and overall sense of well-being.
Children's Therapy Center, Fair Lawn, NJ
Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ Tomorrows Children's Fund, Hackensack, NJ
Phillipsburg Cancer Survivor Network Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ
Mount Sinai Medical Center, Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention, New York, NY
Englewood Hospital, Englewood, NJ Advanced Recovery Systems, Colorado Springs, CO
Children's Therapy Center, Midland Park, NJ
"As a clinical psychologist, I have noticed that many of my patients hold onto unresolved emotional issues somewhere in their bodies. For many years, I referred my patients to yoga studios, yoga teachers and yoga therapists to help them access "the issues in their tissues." In January 2014, I was privileged to receive my own yoga teaching certification, and began teaching yoga at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
I am so grateful to Kula for Karma for giving me the opportunity to teach a group of women who form the SAVI (Sexual Abuse Victim Intervention) program through Mount Sinai. These women work directly and indirectly with victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. As a result, they work directly and indirectly with trauma. It is my privilege to bring yoga, pranayama and meditation to the SAVI group once a month, working with them to release the emotional stress they hold in their own bodies as a result of their connections with trauma victims."
- Shari Becker, Volunteer Yoga Instructor