By Paula Mitten, owner of Durga Yoga Ireland
Have you been wondering how yoga will save you during Covid-19 lockdown? At the moment more than ever before we need yoga in our lives. We are under more pressure with homeschooling and working from home. There are many challenges that come with the weekly shopping; gloves, masks, queues, sanitizer, washing hands, washing packaging, the list is endless!
If you are feeling anxious and stressed then yoga could be your savior during this time. A quick yoga freebie will NOT sort out all of your problems, but what WILL make life a lot easier is finding an experienced teacher that resonates with you and attending there classes regularly. Consistency is the key here, and you'll see changes within a couple of weeks!
So let's talk about WHY yoga works and how it will save you during lockdown.
Physically how does stress effect you?
On a physical level most of us hold stress and anxiety somewhere in the muscles and tissues of the body. Often the top of the back and the neck suffer but tension could show up in the lower back or as sciatica for example. By moving the body through the many different yoga poses we can release the build up of tension and feel more at ease in our body.
What about the effects of stress on a deeper level?
On a deeper level you many be functioning from a constant state of stress meaning that your body is running on a hormone called adrenaline and not getting the opportunity to de-stress and come back to a state of “rest and digest” Whilst your body and mind are stressed the many systems of the body will not be working at their full capacity and over time you will feel exhausted, suffer with digestive issues, suffer from insomnia and have a lower immune system.
The roll of Yoga in reducing stress
Yoga plays a huge roll in lowering stress levels and reducing anxiety. Simply by working with your breath and practicing mindful or meditative movement you can come back to a place of calmness. The act of practicing yoga regularly will have a profound effect on your whole body, physically, mentally and energetically.
There is no better time to start yoga than now. It is more important than ever before and you will reap the benefits in your everyday life. There are many yoga teachers still offering classes through live stream zoom meetings making it easier than ever to attend a class. You can cut out travel time and the additional cost of transport or parking by taking a class from the comfort of your own home!
Paula has been teaching yoga since 2005 and is considered an expert in her field. She took her yoga studio online on Thursday 12th March, the day Ireland's Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, announced the closure of all schools marking the first step towards Ireland's lockdown. You can book into any of Paula's classes through her booking system and to find out more about which class is for you, email her on firstname.lastname@example.org