Yoga For Quarantine
Posted On April 11, 2020
In the strange new world we are living in, it’s important to find things we can do that we enjoy.
A lot of people are turning to yoga. With so much uncertainty and anxiety about things to come, yoga helps us take a breath, take a moment for ourselves and step into some peace and calm at least for a portion of the day.
Already enthusiastic yogis are finding themselves grateful for the principles they have learnt in yoga already, and others are just beginning.
Whatever your situation, in this post I’ll walk you through how you can get started with a yoga practice during this time of self-isolation and quarantine.
That first step
As with any new skill, if you’re wanting to get started with yoga then it’s important we get it going as a habit. Habits can take a while to feel automatic and until that’s the case, some self-discipline will be needed.
It might feel daunting and you might not know where to start right now. But just take that first step. And with yoga, that first step might simply look like some breath-work. This might be simply finding 5 minutes for yourself and doing some deep breathing.
You don’t have to go all in straight away. The most important thing is that you are enjoying the practice and getting yourself used to starting something new.
The skills, technique and flexibility will come the more you practice. And if you think about it, you’re never going to want to practice and get to that point if you don’t set yourself up for it correctly.
The great thing about yoga is that you don’t necessarily need any equipment to get started. If you don’t have a yoga mat, you can simply use a towel. All you need is a bit of motivation and time.
Be kind to yourself
This being said, I think even more important than a new skill or yoga practice at this time is not being hard on yourself.
Although it is a great time to get started with something new, some of us just won’t feel like it. This is a very strange time that none of us will have ever experienced before. We will all react differently.
Personally, I’m usually up early, productive and always thinking about new things I can be starting and doing. However, at this time I’ve been unmotivated, lethargic and sad at times.
I want to reassure you that however you are reacting at the moment, it’s okay. Don’t be hard on yourself. Give yourself some time to breathe and fully process what’s going on right now.
And if you do feel like getting started with a new skill at any point, this page will be here for you whenever you fancy it.
Your new practice
So what will you start?
There are many different styles of yoga, but don’t let that overwhelm you. Whatever style you choose, you will gain something from.
If you’re not too bothered about all of the different styles, then I would recommend Yoga with Adriene on Youtube. Her approach is more to provide yoga for different moods and situations. This makes it much easier for beginners to try out a variety of potential styles or poses and see what feels best.
Whatever your new practice will look like, just make sure it’s something you are enjoying! It would be counter-productive to go straight into a full-on practice and feel exhausted and overwhelmed.
As I mentioned above, the only important thing here is that it’s something that feels manageable, enjoyable and something you can form a habit from.
This will make it easier to get going and get started with your new practice.
How it can help
There are countless benefits of yoga. And these benefits fit nicely with what we probably all need right now. This might include clarity, peace, a sense of awareness and a sense of calm.
Aside from this, there are of course physical benefits that come from a regular yoga practice. These include increased flexibility, greater strength and better posture.
There are even reports that yoga might be able to help your immune system.
It’s more important than ever that we take care of body our bodies and our minds. Yoga is a great way to combine the both and learn a new skill in the process.
We probably all need a little more support and self-care during this time. Self-care doesn’t have to just be bubble baths and good food (although that does help!).
The most meaningful forms of self care might be things that focus more on your inner self, and your mindset and moods.
One practice that goes hand in hand with a yoga practice is meditation. In fact, you can even reach a deep state of meditation when you practice yoga (this is one of the things I love most about yoga).
Just like yoga, there are many apps at the moment helping people get into meditation, which includes learning how to do it and getting a meditation practice into your daily routine.
The main takeaways that I want to come from this post are taking care of yourself, not being hard on yourself and giving your body and mind what it needs during this time.
This post is of course about how yoga can help during this time, but if we look deeper at what yoga really does on an inner level – it reaches everything we need right now.
Yoga works with principles and ideas that everything you need right now is right inside of you. All of the love, joy, certainty that you’ve ever needed is inside of you right now.
Sometimes it’s a little more about peeling off the things that have made you feel those things aren’t inside of you, and connecting on a deeper level to your inner state.
Once you’re able to do this, you’ll feel a state of peace and calm no matter what the world throws at you.
Let’s try to get there together.