The pursuit of life and the reverence of death are daily practices in my career as a fellow physician in pediatric critical care medicine at Columbia’s Children’s Hospital. My body is constantly electrified with the joy of saving a child’s life, and the grief of providing comfort as one passes away. This electricity builds; circulating […]
Anita is a certified RYT-300 hour Yoga Instructor and Pediatric Critical Care Fellow at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of Columbia-NY Presbyterian Hospital. Her path to yoga was a windy and beautiful journey. First year of fellowship, 80-hour weeks and frequent 24-hour calls accompanied with both emotional and physical trials afforded her little time for self-care. Through gentle nudging from her significant other, she began to take yoga classes. Rather than building energy and releasing it in quick bursts, she found a gradual but enduring relief from the internal chaos. She just wanted a break, but what she received was liberation. It created the energy that evolved into an entirely different practice at Columbia’s Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, as she guides meditations and yoga in the pediatric ICU. In twelve short months, she witnessed the beautiful union of medicine and yoga – both sustaining and lifesaving in their own unique ways.