Why You Need Yoga During COVID-19

Why You Need Yoga During COVID-19
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, more and more people aware of health and wellness are very important. Working to improve our physical, mental, and spiritual states will help us be at our best when this pandemic passes. From better breathing to focus and flexibility, getting into yoga will have you reaping the benefits in no time.

What’s so great about yoga is that it’s universally available to everyone! It’s not geared towards a specific age group and the poses can be easily modified for different skill levels or if someone has an injury or condition. Not only that, but there are several types of yoga to choose from, so if you’re not keen on the first one you pick, give another type a try!

Benefits of Yoga
From a physical workout to a mental break and even a spiritual experience, yoga offers a multitude of benefits to help you during this difficult time. Here’s a brief look at some of the advantages you can expect to experience when you make yoga a habit:

Increased flexibility and balance
Not only does yoga loosen tight muscles and fascia, adding stability, flexibility, and balance, but you’ll also see aches and pains disappear as tight muscles heal and relax. Better balance also means a smaller chance of falling, which can really be a game-changer for that age group in your community.

Improved fitness
Though a common misconception is that yoga is not a “real workout,” you might be surprised at how high your heart rate climbs and the physical results you’ll notice. It’s called a practice because it’s a journey to understand, improve, and master the poses. You’ll build muscle, increase your endurance, boost your lung capacity and improve your bone density. It’s a great low impact way for you and your family to build up your fitness!

Better sleep quality
Many of us are having trouble sleeping these days, and yoga can certainly improve sleep quality! Not only does it provide a relaxing, soothing environment where our bodies and minds can shut down, it also provides downtime for our nervous system, allowing our bodies to relax into a deeper, more restful slumber. This is a great way to promote yoga to your friends with families, who might be struggling to get a good night’s rest after a busy day at home with their kids.

Improved focus
Yoga is even good for the brain! Studies show that practicing yoga regularly leads to better coordination, reaction time, and memory. If you or your friends are looking to maintain a routine, stay on track, and continue reaching for goals while we’re distancing—the improved focus that yoga brings might be exactly what you need.

Reduced stress
As social and physical distancing continues, fear and anxiety are on the rise, but yoga can help! Practicing yoga releases more GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in the brain’s thalamus, and this is what reduces anxiety/stress and focuses the mind while increasing levels of happiness. These times are stressful and yoga can help balance everything out right now!