The IY(UK) Therapy Committee has created a video and compiled a booklet with a suggested yoga programme to support recovery from Covid-19.

Covid-19 is a highly infectious disease caused by the coronavirus. Most people infected will experience a mild to moderate respiratory illness, whilst others will show no symptoms at all. However for some the effects are severe and longer lasting.

IY(UK)’s aim in this yoga programme is to play some role in aiding the process of recovery. By only requiring the use of mostly basic props and furniture they have tried to make the poses as accessible as possible for everyone.

The programme was compiled thanks to advice and guidance from Abhijata Iyengar, Lois Steinberg, Gulnaaz Dashti, Stephanie Quirk, the IY(UK) Therapy Committee, IY(UK) teachers who have experienced the virus themselves, and decades of work by BKS Iyengar and Dr Geeta S. Iyengar in medical classes at RIMYI in Pune.

You can download a copy of the suggested recovery programme here:

IY(UK) Guidance: The sequence is not comprehensive or exhaustive. We are continually learning new things, but at this point in time what we offer seems to be very effective for helping those who have had the virus.

For students who are seriously ill or have many complicated symptoms then a senior teacher, or where possible a therapy teacher, should be consulted.

If you have a fever don’t practice – go to bed and rest.
There is no hurry – go slowly to get back to practice; if you go too fast you may have a relapse.

Weakness and fatigue appear to be a huge factor in how you feel during the recovery phase of this virus. Be patient and don’t allow the practice to tire you – it should support you.

IY(UK) Disclaimer: If you engage in the class video, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities and assume all risk of injury to yourself.

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