Yoga for These Times:
Relevance of Yoga Now Class Resource
Sources are recommending "yoga in modules" for support during pandemic times. These modules are 10, 20, and 45 minutes in duration (Pandit & Singh, 2020).
In this class, we explore the 10 Minute Yoga Module. Please feel free to print!
Link for the recording of the class:
(Of course, this practice could be longer than 10 minutes if you find it is useful to you. Enjoy!)
Lying in Constructive Rest Posture. Implement "touch & breath" techniques as inspired.
Use of Gertie Ball for release and breath sensation facilitation
Use folded blanket or bolster support restorative for release and breath sensation facilitation
Lengthen the Exhales (Brown & Gerberg, 2012; Nester, 2020)
5 x 5 Breath (Brown & Gerbarg, 2009; Nestoer, 2020)
Neck & Airway
Asanas (1 minute each, lengthen the exhales in the postures):
Mountain / Tadasana
Half-Moon / Ardha Chandrasana
(transition of choice to:)
Child's pose, knees wide and arms extended beyond the head on the earth / Hare Posture
Low Cobra (Bhujanghasana)
(transition of choice to lying on back body:)
Knees to Chest (Pawana Muktasana)
Come to Seated.
Pranayama: Alternate Nostril Breathing / Nodi Shodhana (2-4 rounds)
Meditation: Lengthening the Exhalation
Savasana, lie down and do nothing for at least 1-2 minutes.
(Morrissey, 2020; Ayush Guidelines, 2020; Nester, 2020; Brown & Gerbarg, 2009)
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Bushell, W., Castle, R., Williams, M. A., Brouwer, K. C., Tanzi, R. E., Chopra, D., & Mills, P. J. (2020). Meditation and Yoga Practices as Potential Adjunctive Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 Infection and COVID-19: A Brief Overview of Key Subjects. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 26(7), 547-556.
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Pandit, R. D., & Singh, R. K. (2020). COVID-19 Ayurveda treatment protocol of governments of Nepal and India: a review and perspective. Applied Science and Technology Annals, 1(1), 72-80.
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