Online Yoga as Public Health Support in the time of COVID-19 Pandemic.docx

Ma Rosita Ampoyas Hernani, Emmanuel V. Hernani

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This paper tackles yoga as a form of public health support during the pandemic. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, yoga has been used in different social contexts, from small groups to community-wide engagement; During the quarantine, telehealth platform was promoted and yoga was introduced online to the community. Researches on yoga have indicated positive effects on medical and psychological complaints. In the program, the yoga instructor collaborated with a mental health professional whose expertise is on gestalt therapy. Thus, gestalt awareness continuum exercises  enhanced the experiences of the participants who reported psychological complaints. The program affirms the viability of using digital technology in conducting yoga sessions. Benefits of  doing yoga online outweighs the challenges that are seen in the light of socio-cultural, gender and religious milieus. The paper draws a conclusion that yoga on an online is the better platform option in a crisis situation when in-person engagement is not feasible.  Recommendation highlights the need to address physical inactivity and sedentary behaviors using yoga and its inclusion to the government  health promotion and health campaign strategies.

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Yoga, Public Health, COVID-19, Telehealth, Online Physical Activity, Community Support, Physical Exercise

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