Not My Job
Traditionally, we each had one primary physician: the person we depended on to have all the answers about our bodies and to “fix us” if we got sick or injured. This person often knew us from the time we were born and could be relied upon to intimately know our health history. In many ways, they could be looked to for a “fix” when things went wrong.
While our modern lifestyle and cultural shifts have made that type of old school medical care obsolete, many of us still operate from that mindset. We expect our General Physician to have all the answers, to know our bodies better than we do, and to take charge of our health.
Unfortunately, that model doesn’t work – and it’s unfair to both us and our doctor (or yoga instructor or massage therapist or personal trainer).
They can’t know our health history the way physicians of the past could; they simply have too much red tape, and pressure from payers, in the practice of modern medicine. Also, it’s not their responsibility to know what’s going on with us or to fix us when something’s off. No one can know our bodies the way we can, and to expect someone else to take charge of our health in that way is disempowering to us!
Ideally, health care is a collaboration, in which our innate wisdom of what we’re experiencing is met with their expertise. Most of us aren’t doctors, but showing up for medical care with basic knowledge about our bodies and mindfulness about what we’re experiencing fosters better care. It makes their job easier and empowers us to take charge our health & wellness journeys.
Hopefully, we will live much longer than the generations before us, but that also means that we have a greater responsibility to take care of all our parts. If we’re asking them to function – and function well! – for a longer period of time, it’s up to us to practice good maintenance. We don’t expect cars to run well for decades without significant investments of time, attention, and care for all their systems & parts – no matter how well they’re made! 😉
One simple way to do this for our bodies is Yoga Teacher Training. YTT empowers us with basic knowledge of the body’s systems, parts, and functions. It helps us understand how it all works together – and provides accessible, realistic practices to keep ourselves healthy for the long haul.
Pain and injuries are an inevitable reality for most of us, especially if we’re active, over the course of our lives. The knowledge you gain from Yoga Teacher Training will not only empower you to prevent pain; it will also help you understand what happened – and address injuries if / when they occur.
No one else can take care of your health but you. No one else can fix you. We’ve got one in-person spot left in the 2021 YTT program. Claim it, and learn how to more fully inhabit – and take optimal care of – this amazing body you’ve been given!
For program details, click here – or email us here with specific questions.
Leigh-Ann has been practicing yoga since 1997 and teaching it since 2005. She is attracted to fluid vinyasa styles, including moon salutations, and loves to geek out about yoga “off the mat” – such as how the philosophies behind the physical postures can enrich our journey, both for ourselves and for others. A writer, dancer, massage therapist, creative marketing nerd, and proud Mom, she can be found travelling, enjoying the seasons, or soaking up the natural world when not working.