I cannot tell you how excited I am to welcome you here, to this blog, to this site, on this
Our 2019 Coach and Teacher Trainees completed their 200 hour training journey, enabling them to become both Yoga Teachers (RYT's) with the Yoga Alliance AND Well-Being Coaches with the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching. (You can see their very-happy faces in our graduation photo above). My sincere thanks and congratulations to each of them for committing to this journey. And, as I said to each of them on Sunday - I can't wait to see where they go next!
And Then Today...
We officially launched this exciting new venture, called YogaMedCo.
We think it's time that the yoga, health coaching and medical worlds started practicing, together, so that we can bridge the gaps between healing and healthcare.
So...you might be wondering, what exactly do we mean by that?
We look forward to the journey of discovering what is possible. But for now, as YogaMedCo's founder and CEO, I can tell you what three changes I hope that YogaMedCo will make for this world -- changes that I feel can't come fast enough:
We want healthcare teams to learn more about the practices of yoga, health coaching, and mind-body practices (such as mindfulness, compassion and mindful movement) so that they can more effectively refer these disciplines to their patients as part of their pain management, lifestyle medicine, and mental health care plans. We also hope that as these healthcare teams learn how to share these practices with their patients, that they will also be inspired to integrate these practices into their lifestyles as a form of self-care, so that they can prevent burnout and optimize well-being.
We want the yoga community to learn more about how we can all take a more active coaching role in the healthcare system, by using yoga-based techniques to coach patients to increase their body awareness, improve their health literacy, adopt healthier lifestyle behaviors and communicate more effectively with their providers.
We want the research community to learn more about how we can work together to address our nation's chronic disease epidemics and shortening lifespans, by helping us to bring the latest science findings from the yoga and medical fields into real world practice, and by partnering with us to examine and evaluate the effectiveness of our YogaMedCo Method, Coach and Teacher Trainings and Programming Solutions.
Yes, these are Very. Big. Dreams.
(And this week is only just the beginning).
Thanks for being here as we get started.
I invite you to share your comments, feedback and suggestions below. We also look forward to collaborating with you as we move forward, so that we can all practice -- together. Explore our new website, to learn more, and click HERE if you would like to schedule a chat with us to learn how we might help you or your team.
But for now, blessings.
Let's Breathe...and Let's Begin!
Dr. Suzie Carmack, PhD, MFA, MEd, ERYT, NBC-HWC
CEO and Founder, YogaMedCo