Why Yoga During a Pandemic?
By Katherine Palms
During this pandemic, our lives have been disrupted as we are encouraged to social distance and modify much of our active behavior. Humans are designed to move our bodies and interact with each other. For our own well-being we need to exercise both our bodies and our minds, which also includes our emotions. A frequent yoga practice can play a critical role in helping us overcome the increased stress and burdens placed upon us at this time.
"Yoga can be used as both a tool to move through the additional stress we are experiencing during this time, and also a framework for how to process a huge shift in the world and communicate along the way."
- Peloton Yoga instructor Chelsea Jackson Roberts
A 2018 Study found that depression, anxiety, and stress decreased significantly in women after 12 sessions of regular yoga, while a 2017 study determined that workers who took yoga classes for two to four months experienced significant reductions in stress and all psychological health measures.