Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
Written by Stephen Garrett for UNC Health Care
If you're like me, you have a monkey mind. Or at least, that's what Katherine Desrochers would tell you.
Desrochers is an RN in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at N.C. Children's Hospital. A native of England, she began her nursing career following the suggestion of her father. She studied nursing in England before moving to Florida and eventually moved to North Carolina to work at UNC.
Once a week Desrochers teaches yoga at the Heart of Yoga School in Carrboro, N.C. Stepping into the studio has an immediate calming effect. Soft music plays in the background, a light smell of lavender fills the air. It feels like a complete departure from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.
I've never really tried yoga, but as Desrochers explains, the purpose of the ancient practice is to bring balance to both the mind and the body. Our minds are so easily distracted, especially in this modern age of social media and smart devices. Desrochers says that this distracted mind is the "monkey mind" and can lead to anxiety and stress. Yoga seeks to train the mind to unplug not only from all the electronic gadgets in our lives, but from that part of the mind that generates worry. She says that our minds are trainable, just like our bodies, and can be taught to come back into a more healthy balance. So yoga can be a positive influence on us as we work in sometimes stressful careers, like nursing (and filmmaking).
We hope you enjoy this month's RN: Real Nurses and that you consider ways to bring balance into your own life.