MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec, Feb. 09 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — John Hopkins Medicine1 and the Mayo Clinic2 recognize yoga to increase flexibility and balance, improve fitness and strength, and produce greater focus. During the pandemic, other benefits are encouraging more people to practice yoga online. Yoga helps people sleep better, reduces stress and improves mood.
Online yoga is becoming more and more important and popular. Forbes reports, “A considerable increase in the number of consumers accessing virtual content (fitness and wellness) since March 2020. 73% of consumers are using pre-recorded videos compared to 17% in 2019; 85% use live lessons every week compared to 7% in 2019.”3
“Online courses are essential to the mental and physical health of our community. We have invested heavily in video production and bilingual class content, so doing yoga at home mirrors the studio experience,” says Melisande Turpin, owner of Karma Shala and yoga teacher.
It’s more than people trading their fitness in person for online. Forbes shares, “consumers are exercising more than before, with 56% of respondents exercising at least five times a week.” The data comes from software planning company, Mindbody, which serves 58,000 health and wellness businesses with 35 million customers in more than 130 countries.
“It was an adjustment at first, giving instructions from a distance. But soon it became incredibly personal and rewarding. Now I get thank you messages from people all over the world for the classes we offer,” said Karma Shala Online Instructor Dominique Leclerc.
ResearchAndMarkets.com reports that yoga equipment sales increased 154% in 2020 as people filled their home yoga space with blocks and mats. Mindbody reports that 46% of people intend to make virtual classes a regular part of their routine, even after the studios reopen.
John Hopkins Medicine has found that yoga helps by connecting participants to a supportive community. Ms. Turpin sees a future with a combination of in-person and digital services: “Now we have more tools to foster our community. We use technology to strengthen those bonds until we meet again in the studio.
Karma Shala Yoga Inc.: https://www.karmashala.ca/ is a yoga studio and online yoga experience based in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. The company was founded in 2015 and has grown to become one of the province’s leading studios, welcoming thousands of Canadian and international clients each year. The online component, Karma Shala Online, launched in September 2020, https://online.karmashala.ca/
Karma Shala Yoga Inc.
1 John Hopkins Medical Staff, 9 Benefits of Yoga, John Hopkins Website, 2021
2 Mayo Clinic staff, Yoga: Fight stress and find serenity, Mayo Clinic website, December 29, 2020
3 Jess Cording, How COVID-19 is Transforming the Fitness Industry, Forbes Magazine, July 13, 2020