5 Incredible Benefits of a Yoga Practice in Uncertain Times

November 6, 2020


Whether you're looking to add structure to your fitness routine, prioritise mental wellness and self-care, or find connection and community, yoga is a top option! Learn more about the inspiring benefits of practising yoga in uncertain times in this insightful article written by Sylvie Ball, a Yoga Teacher on Bidvine. 


5 Incredible Benefits of a Yoga Practice in Uncertain Times

It is no secret that for most of us life has felt very unsettled lately. As we are learning to live and work in new ways, the only certainty seems to be a sense of perpetual unpredictability. Finding our way through the maze of this new landscape we often feel frazzled, more easily tired, and regularly overwhelmed.  

Do you know the idea of a computer running with too many tabs open? That’s similar to how our minds are working at the moment. They're working overtime and keeping so many plates spinning can become exhausting. It doesn’t help that socialising and our usual recreational activities are restricted – we have to look for other ways to recharge our batteries.

 

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A big silver lining of these difficult past few months has been the surge in online yoga classes. We all agree that in-person yoga is magic, but being able to continue a regular practice through the turmoil of the past seven months has been incredibly beneficial to many of us.  


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1. Stay Connected

Staying in touch through regular yoga keeps communities connected. My groups enjoy a lovely chat and a catch up before classes almost as much as the practice itself. In many ways supporting each other through these difficult times has brought us closer together. We share each other’s ups and downs and offer comfort in these times of hardship.


2. Exercise Comfortably at Home

Yoga classes provide us with regular physical exercise from the comfort and safety of our homes. This is especially welcome when you don’t have to leave your mat following a nice melty relaxation at the end of a class! There is no need to travel, and you can switch from work to yoga within minutes. Those who are shielding know they can practice safely – and as an added benefit, we get to see each other’s pets too!


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3.  Create Calm and Reduce Stress

Yoga is a powerful tool in maintaining good mental health. Through movement and relaxation, we can work out the stresses of the body and mind, to bring ourselves back to a calm, balanced and happy state. The effects are cumulative, so the more regularly we practice, the more pronounced the benefits become. Yoga is a powerful way to help manage stress levels, which are currently higher than usual. 


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4. Add Structure to Your Week

Practising yoga regularly gives us structure. The value of this benefit is not to be underestimated when most other areas of life are so uncertain.  Online classes can and will continue, no matter what life throws at us. By making the commitment to turn up to yoga regularly we put our health and well-being first, which is much needed at this time. 


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5. Prioritise Self-Care

Prioritising self-care can feel very empowering in a world where many of us feel there is little we can control. Right now as the days get shorter and colder and while missing some of our usual creature comforts, joining an online yoga class can be a welcome hub of warmth and cosiness.

 

Top Ways to Learn Yoga

As well as the convenient option of online yoga classes at home, Sylvie also shared her tips on different ways to learn yoga so you can get the full benefits of a regular yoga practice in a way that works best for you!


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Start by Looking For a Yoga Style That Works For You

There are many different types of yoga offering a range of different approaches. Each type is developed to focus on specific elements of the practice. With so many options to choose from, you will be sure to find a yoga style and routine that works for you.


Book Classes at a Yoga Studio

Other than online classes, when some yoga studios re-open their doors again, practising in person is an option – but do remember to book in advance and make sure you are familiar with the studio’s safety policies before you visit. 


One to One Classes

Teachers are also offering one-to-one sessions in person, which can be a great way to take your yoga practice to the next level. With all these available options, a yoga teacher can help you work out the best mix to fit your schedule and personal needs. 


Learn With a Great Yoga Teacher

No matter which style of yoga you choose, a qualified teacher is a great way to learn. They will ask you about your health, history and circumstances to understand what type of yoga will best suit you and your life. 

Yoga is inclusive so you don’t have to have any previous experience to give it a try. With a qualified teacher, you will be in safe hands. Teachers make it their business to adapt yoga to each individual’s needs and they love to help you achieve your goals whether they are to be fitter, healthier, happier, or simply to find a way to unwind.


Sylvie Ball

Yoga Teacher


Sylvie Ball Yoga Teacher


Sylvie is a yoga teacher with a passion to help others integrate yoga into their lives. She guides people of all ages and abilities, using simple instructions and inclusive techniques to welcome all to the practice. 

Sylvie personally experienced the restorative benefits of regular yoga practice following a serious illness that made her determined to help others benefit from yoga too. Her style of yoga is based on natural, effortless movement and creating harmony and ease within the body. 

Sylvie has trained with the British Wheel of Yoga and Strala and is currently hosting eight weekly online sessions from her home in Warrington, Cheshire. You can find her at sylvieballyoga.com.


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