What does well-being look like after COVID? How can yoga help?
The COVID-19 pandemic has us all sailing uncharted waters.
Research and scientific knowledge about the illness are in their infancy, and an array of sometimes devastating symptoms is challenging healthcare systems worldwide. Individuals recovering from COVID, too, are navigating unknown territory, often with limited support. As more people recover from the virus, more are experiencing long-term effects now known collectively as Long COVID or COVID Long Hauler Syndrome. Effective treatment pathways to help these individuals manage these life-altering symptoms have yet to be identified.
But there are practical steps we can take right now to increase our well-being and ability to cope, regardless of the form symptoms might take.
The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and Give Back Yoga University (GBYU) have joined together to offer practical, research-informed resources to yoga professionals and healthcare providers, as well as those recovering from COVID-19.
Hundreds of articles have been written on how to avoid contracting and transmitting COVID-19. Perhaps even more has been written about COVID-19 warning signs, diagnosis, and treatment. Yet we are still trying to understand the after effects of this disease, and learning that recovery from COVID-19 may not automatically lead to the resumption of life as it was. But what does that really mean?
In this 45-minute lecture, you will learn:
- Surprising, cutting-edge research findings about how COVID-19 acts
- How yoga professionals can help individuals who are recovering from COVID-19
- The effects you might see in your clients in a organ systems based approach
This class series was developed specifically to address symptoms collectively known as “Long COVID” or “COVID Long Hauler Syndrome.” While yoga therapy is no replacement for medical treatment, these self-care practices may help you ease discomfort, restore your body, and build resilience.
Each class combines short lectures and research-informed practices in an approach that aims to be both educational and practically-useful. The series will explore breathing exercises, balance activities, cross body movements, and short adaptable sequences designed to increase strength, flexibility, and endurance. You’ll come away with a diverse toolbox of strategies and practices you can apply to your own unique needs and experience.
The current pandemic has had an unprecedented influence on mental health worldwide. Various surveys report up to three-fold increases in anxiety, depression, and PTSD in patients, the general public and health care professionals. Yoga’s value in mental health is recognized within its core ancient texts, yoga research, and, increasingly, within mental health care. In this talk, Heather Mason will discuss the current mental health crisis, how yoga can be used to address the mental health pandemic, and best practices for COVID-19 related mental health issues.
In this 45-minute lecture, you will learn:
- The basic psycho physiological underpinnings for yoga’s value in mental health
- How and why COVID-19 has negatively impacted mental health worldwide
- Therapeutic yoga practices that are uniquely suited for COVID-related mental distress
This presentation addresses how to utilize pranayama techniques when working with people living with post-COVID syndrome. Over this past year, we have witnessed the devastating long-term effect on survivors who continue to suffer breathlessness, fatigue, brain fog, circulatory, and neurological issues. We’ll explore how the breath, much like the virus itself, impacts the entire physiologic or pranic system, and may be our most potent tool for supporting recovery and resetting allostasis.
In this 90-minute presentation, you will learn:
- The fundamental principles of pranayama, drawing from science and personal experience
- How the breath is the primary means through which we allocate and replenish energy, drawing from the Vedic concept of the pancha vayus
- The clear distinctions between practices that restore vitality, and those that further depletion, a consideration that needs to be appreciated when working with this vulnerable population
The lecture will be followed by an embodied practice that offers participants a felt-experience of the theory, as they explore the biochemistry and the biomechanics of restorative breathing.