12 Free Online Yoga and Fitness Classes You Can Do at Home Alone During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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Jennifer Garam

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Gyms are closed. Yoga studios have packed up their mats and shut their doors. Most of us are self-isolating at home right now, if our work doesn’t require us to be out in the world. But even though life as we knew it has come to a screeching halt, we still need to exercise for our physical and mental health.

Last year I underwent treatment for Stage 3c ovarian cancer. Prior to my cancer diagnosis, I’d done yoga for 20 years and, living in Brooklyn, walked almost everywhere. But I didn’t do any cardio workouts. Post-treatment, I had a session with an integrative oncologist who recommended that I add cardio to my weekly exercise regimen, and do it a significant amount. In addition, as this past winter approached, my psychiatrist told me that I should do some form of cardiovascular exercise for at least 20 minutes, at least three times a week, to ease symptoms of depression and anxiety.

During the periods when I was able to exercise while I was undergoing cancer treatment, I continued with gentle forms of yoga, and I also joined a gym and started working out on the elliptical. This routine was getting repetitive and boring, so this past summer, as I was regaining my strength post-treatment, I began to mix it up and seek out more challenging workouts, like running in the park, trying cardio dance classes, and returning to the kinds of vigorous power yoga classes I used to go to pre-cancer-diagnosis. I was really getting on a roll with regular, varied, and more challenging workouts when… the global pandemic hit.

But now more than ever, as we’re confined to our homes and self-isolating, it’s important to exercise for our physical and mental well-being. In fact, even Harvard Medical school recommends doing yoga as one possible way to relax during this unprecedented time of coronavirus worries in their article “Coping With Coronavirus Anxiety” published last week. And Cleveland Clinic suggests exercising regularly as one way to manage stress during the coronavirus outbreak.

While yoga studios have closed, many are offering paid online classes. So if you’re attached to your favorite studios and…

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Jennifer Garam

Ovarian Cancer Stage 3c Survivor • BRCA1+ • Journalist • Speaker • Advocate www.jennifergaram.com