Yoga during Lockdown
It has been a year this month since the first of three lockdowns in Ireland due to covid-19.
How have you coped both mentally and physically? Did you find one lockdown harder than the other?
Many people have found that the different pace of life due to lockdown has been a benefit to them. It has helped them to see what is important in life and to enjoy the little things and the moments that make them happy.
Some people have found new hobbies and used their time at home to do DIY or go on family walks, which before they might not have had time to do. It has put their life into perspective. All these things as well as Yoga have helped me, and many others cope under the current circumstances.
Throughout this year the practice of yoga has increased with regulars having more free time to practice, and the uptake from beginners has been great. While studios remain closed, yoga classes have become more accessible to people, practicing from home, doing live or pre-recorded classes online. It has become easier to do a quick yoga class in the morning, during a lunch break or in the evenings or to just take out your mat for your own practice at any time especially when the sun is shining.
The practice of Yoga had many benefits even before covid-19 arrived, but now it has become more beneficial than ever. Practicing yoga can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, calm the mind and help you learn to relax. Other benefits being increased strength, flexibility, alignment and gives you an all-round feeling of goodness. Pranayama (Breathing practice) is also a benefit especially now when we need to stay relaxed but also to improve our health and boost our immune systems.
There are some great practice sequences out there to help keep you healthy but also can be used to practice if you are feeling unwell from symptoms of Covid-19 and to practice if you are recovering from Covid-19.
Find a class that suits you and that you enjoy and reap in the benefits of yoga. Check out the links below for suggested yoga practice for covid-19 recovery and an immune boosting sequence.