About this talk
The COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing measures to reduce transmission have negatively impacted on mental health and wellbeing, with many of the most vulnerable feeling especially isolated. As well as improving psychological and social wellbeing, yoga offers a method to combat loneliness by increasing social connectedness, particularly when delivered through social prescribing pathways. In this panel, our speakers explore distinct yet complementary approaches to understanding the role of yoga to address the effects of social isolation and support self-management in Long COVID.
Dr Tina Cartwright will discuss research demonstrating the impact of both in-person and online yoga on social connectedness and its role in empowering patients to self-manage their health. Professor Damien Ridge will explore the importance of thinking relationally in responding to and living with Long COVID. Dr Nina Smyth draws on a psychophysiological approach to understanding the links between social isolation, physiological markers of stress and wellbeing.