Yoga for Healing from Long Haul COVID
Covid-19 affects nearly every system of the human body; from the lungs, to the heart, to the muscles, to the brain and nervous system. As more people recover from the virus, many are reporting symptoms that persist for weeks and even months after the virus has resolved. These symptoms, now collectively known as "Long COVID" or "COVID Long Hauler Syndrome,” are still not fully understood, and many patients find themselves without adequate support and access to treatment.
Yoga therapy can provide you with tools to manage pain, rebuild muscle strength, increase respiratory capacity, and ease anxiety. This class series was developed specifically to address symptoms associated with long haul COVID. 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.
Please note that you do not need to have taken previous classes in the series in order to participate in later classes.
Classes in this series:
Class #1: Restorative Baseline, March 11
This class focuses on creating a daily practice of short movements and breathing practices. By accepting that change is a part of living we can begin to nurture a positive view of ourselves.
Class #2: Understanding Resilience, March 18
As we begin to change our mind about the pain, we open the door to a new way of being. No longer prisoner to our pain, we are empowered to begin to discern the difference between pain and healing sensation.
Class #3: Building Resilience, March 25
In this class we begin to explore moving from chair exercise to standing work. Here we seek to make connections and understand things in perspective.
Class #4: Embodied Practice, April 1
This gentle yoga class will support you in movement toward your goals and contribute to your overall self care.
Lilith Bailey-Kroll MFA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 has over two decades of experience with the therapeutic benefits of yoga. She presents information in a straightforward manner which emphasizes how we practice rather than what we practice: this is the key to the integration of mind, body, and spirit. (www.lilith.yoga)
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.