Yoga for COVID Long Haulers: Exploring Healing Pathways with Baxter Bell


Who is vulnerable to long-term health impacts of COVID-19?  As it turns out, a surprisingly large number of people are vulnerable to the longer term effects of COVID.

According to studies, more than one third of COVID survivors experience lingering symptoms 3 – 6 months after being infected, and in some cases, symptoms remain much longer.

Can yoga help prevent or relieve lingering symptoms of COVID?  In his new course, Dr. Baxter Bell looks at current research on what we know about long COVID as well as which yoga approaches may be useful to prevent or relieve symptoms.

The potential impacts of yoga to relieve and help prevent Long COVID symptoms are still in the early stages of research. However, yoga has already been recommended as an adjunctive treatment for COVID-19 and its long-term effects.

Just how common is Long COVID and what are the common symptoms? Some studies have found that 2 months after COVID-19 infection, up to 53% of patients still had fatigue, 43% had difficulty breathing, and 22% were still experiencing chest pain. Breathlessness, symptoms of PTSD, light-headedness, and dizziness are also relatively common.

If you yourself are concerned about the possible impacts of COVID-19 on your own health, certain yoga techniques and practices may be of great benefit, both preemptively and in relieving lingering aftereffects.

In this course, Dr. Baxter Bell, an experienced physician and yoga teacher will introduce a number of breathing exercises and gentle therapeutic approaches that may help strengthen the respiratory and nervous systems to alleviate lingering symptoms of COVID.

Dr. Bell will also cover research studies on the positive effects of yoga and Pranayama for rebalancing the immune and nervous systems.

What You Will Learn

  • Update on current research on COVID and the potential causes of Long COVID symptoms.
  • A variety of practical yoga tools and techniques to potentially relieve common symptoms experienced by COVID long-haulers.
  • What research tells us about the positive general positive effects of yoga and pranayama for rebalancing the immune and nervous systems and specific practices to consider.
  • Yogic breathing exercises to improve lung function and facilitate healthy breathing, and various therapeutic yoga practices to help deal with long COVID.
  • Specific therapeutic yoga asana practices to soothe and calm the nervous system.

This Course Also Includes:

  • Yoga Practice Video: Enjoy a yoga practice video that accompanies this course designed by Baxter Bell.
  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions – both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.
  • Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note-takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.


This course qualifies for 3 non-contact hour CEs with Yoga Alliance.

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Baxter Bell, MD, E-RYT 500 fell in love with yoga in 1993 while he was working full-time as a family physician. He has great appreciation for the potential of yoga for fostering health, healing, and equanimity.

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