Yoga For Body and Soul Amid Uncertain Times
Living during a pandemic makes many things more challenging, both physically and emotionally. Yoga may be just the thing to help with both, as it is beneficial for your body and your mind. With regular practice, you may see:
- Reduced pulse rate and blood pressure
- Increased joint range of motion
- Less anxiety
- Improved concentration
- Lower blood sugar, cholesterol and more
Yoga is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can be modified for everyone’s ability. There are different types of yoga; some are more vigorous, others are more meditative. Each can be adapted for beginners or advanced individuals. Since classes are not an option for the time being, check into YouTube channels or DVDs if you're still very new to yoga. Look for classes that are specific to larger individuals. Note that there may be modification tools or props that will help as you get used to the movements.
You might want to first watch the entire video or online class before you begin. When beginning, listen to your body. Go at your own pace and don’t compare yourself to others.
Yoga can help you feel at home in your body both before surgery and after surgery, as your body is changing as you lose weight. Give it a try!