Restorative Breathing Post-COVID


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.

“Long-haulers'' as these people are often referred to, live with an inherent fragility that must be respected. How we approach working with them needs to be informed by a solid understanding of respiratory science and the ways in which the act of breathing affects us on every level of health, mentally and physically.

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.
Your Presenter:
Robin Rothenberg is the author of Restoring Prana: A Therapeutic Guide for Yoga Teachers, Therapists and Healthcare Practitioners and The Svadhyaya Breath Journal. Deeply involved in yoga therapy and research since 2000, Robin runs an IAYT Accredited Yoga Therapy Training, and thriving practice outside Seattle, Washington. Her practical orientation to yoga therapy is created through a unique weave of traditional Vedic teachings combined with Western science. Restoring Prana has received wide acclaim globally for grounding the esoteric teachings of pranayama in a scientific framework that allows practitioners to experience the healing power of the breath and reclaim their vital energy. 

About this initiative:

This event is part of a joint effort between GBYU and IAYT, offered at no charge as a service to the global patient community. 

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. Patients, 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 patients 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 meaningful patient support informed by the best available evidence. Our Well-Being After COVID initiative also offers education for yoga professionals bringing this work to their communities. 

A Note on Seva (Service):
Many of our faculty donate their time and receive no compensation from course fees. The funds we raise through this platform go to support Give Back Yoga Foundation and its key initiatives: mat donations, small grants, and not-for-profit yoga programs for people facing addiction, eating disorders, cancer, incarceration, and PTSD. Learn more about our work here