As a doctor who specializes in the respiratory process, Dr. G. Sofia Nelson splits her time among clinic and clinic settings in Oxnard and Camarillo. When producing clinic rounds in advance of the pandemic, Nelson generally noticed about 15 sufferers each individual day. But in the course of the new COVID-19 surge in Southern California, Nelson saw involving 50 and 60 people each individual working day.

Nelson, 33, would usually return home from get the job done, not simply because she experienced treated every patient, but mainly because she was exhausted. There was also triaging, she mentioned, selecting which patients could advantage from continued therapy.

Circulation arts, a form of dance that consists of prop manipulation, this sort of as hoops, or juggling, was 1 way Nelson coped with the pressure.

A screenshot of “World Stool Nevertheless Group Piece” by the Lumia Dance Company operate by Dr. G. Sofia Nelson.

(Lumia Dance Company)

“It’s been long days, but it’s incredibly powerful getting some thing to appear property to, for which I can quite a lot shut off my brain. I can just really target on my human body,” Nelson mentioned. “The extra I’m performing my mind and the a lot more I’m wondering, the more durable my job turns into, the far more I truly have to dance to retain that harmony.”

She’s also the director of Lumia Dance Business, which she introduced in 2019 as a way to give back to the arts group. In December the firm premiered its debut show pretty much, “Light By way of Darkness,” that includes dance, aerial arts and fire spinning — all filmed in an empty North Hollywood theater.

Nelson choreographed 3 dances in the exhibit around many months, usually rehearsing on Zoom for the duration of evenings and weekends. A person dance was a publish-apocalyptic hoop piece about the pandemic practical experience, yet another was inspired by what she described as the government’s amplified militarization and fascism, and a duet explored the pitfalls of social media.

Now that the display is about, Nelson mostly dances at household as a form of movement meditation, reaching the very same style of head place many surgeons use in their observe, she said. “It’s definitely essential that we develop a culture the place physicians are encouraged to have artistic shops like this. We produce a society in which not just medical professionals, but anyone, actually has that form of chance.”

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“Feeling Great Solo”

“Feeling Very good Solo” is done by Dr. Sofia Nelson, a Pulmonologist and choreographer. As a medical professional she specializes in the respiratory process on the other hand, she splits her time working Lumia Dance Organization, which she launched in 2019.