A new yoga website and global online community aims to tackle the loneliness and isolation of lockdown and support those affected by mental health issues.
We’re now a year into the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects of pandemic life remain as prevalent as ever. Stress, anxiety, depression, and feelings of loneliness and isolation are still an issue. However, thanks to Yogaward International, individuals from around the world can now enjoy the individual physical benefits of yoga. Additionally, they become part of a like-minded, sympathetic community united for a more natural, gentle, collective approach to mental healing.
These new online yoga classes come courtesy of Tina Ward. She is the website founder and Yoga Alliance RYT 500 certified yoga instructor. Once upon a different time Tina was a high-flying international corporate tax expert,
Yogaward classes are not only free, but members also have access to a variety of complimentary meditation and motivation classes and resources . These range from virtual social get-togethers and expert guest speaker events to a book club and guided online meditation sessions. Members’ guidance and support is provided via a virtual accountability group. It’s perfect inspiration for their life goals and ambitions.
The Four-Step Approach: Move, Breathe, Be and Belong
Yogaward is founded on a simple four-step approach. It helps participants overcome their mental health issues and roadblocks. It uses ancient yoga postures incorporating methods of breath control, mindfulness training and social engagement. When combined, these create the four-step approach that is Move, Breathe, Be and Belong. These are the principles upon which Yogaward classes and resources work on all aspects of mental, physical, and social wellbeing.
Tina explains: “Perhaps this is why some of the most powerful changes can be driven by executives. They can openly champion listening, supporting, and in some cases even sharing, personal mental health and wellness experiences with colleagues. That is precisely why I established Yogaward. I wanted to bring together my experience of being a Director at some of the world’s leading companies. Issues surrounding mental health are occasionally still not being addressed sufficiently. I therefore set up the 4-step Yogaward approach. There is a need, especially in the corporate world, to implement the principles of yoga. Individual mental well-being is addressed openly and without judgement. It allows individuals and businesses alike to reap the benefits.”
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She continues.. “It’s no secret that since the pandemic was first declared in 2020, COVID-19 has challenged everyone. Across the globe, our health care infrastructure, our economies, and our education systems have been stretched. In dealing with complex and demanding issues many people look for and need coping mechanisms. Pre-pandemic coping mechanisms are no longer an option for many. A lot of people no longer have a daily routine, can’t see their loved ones, or have lost their jobs.
“I wanted to give people the chance to try, and hopefully enjoy yoga. It’s one of the most ancient holistic well-being practices. It can help improve overall physical and mental health as part of a wider community”.
Since going live on 1st February, Yogaward has already delivered classes via Zoom to new members based in the USA, the Netherlands and Germany. A 70-year-old yoga-lover in the UK has even joined in!
To join Yogaward for free or for more information, visit www.yogawardinternational.com