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Though they are in no way substitutes for therapy and/or medical care, yoga and ayurvedic practices can be valuable complementary tools for many people who are living with anxiety, grief, depression, trauma, traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, and other chronic conditions.

Because of this, we are offering free access to the classes and articles below, which are intended to serve as complementary self-care resources. Please keep in mind that these tools are only a few of many that are available, are not meant to be taken as medical advice, and may not be appropriate for every person. For additional resources, see our resource list below. For personalized advice, please consult a qualified, licensed healthcare practitioner.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or emotional crisis:

  • If you are in the United States, you can call the free and confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • You can also text Crisis Text Line in the U.S. at 741-741 for free, confidential support from trained counselors.
  • Go here for a list of international suicide hotlines.
  • You can also connect with online chat services such as IMAlive that offer free anonymous support.
  • 211 helplines are free, confidential information and referral services available in most U.S. states and in many parts of Canada. Call 2-1-1 to reach a resource support specialist in your area.

Free Online Yoga Classes and Articles

Jump to section: Anxiety and Depression, Grief, Chronic Conditions, Traumatic Brain Injury

Anxiety and Depression

 
Yoga to Loosen the Grip of Anxiety (Yoga Class)

This 30-minute floor sequence, geared toward relieving anxiety, begins with a guided breath awareness practice. Learn what habits may be triggering your stress, and let your breath lead your movements.

 
Short iRest Yoga Nidra Practice for Uncertain Times (Guided Relaxation Class)

Join teacher and cofounder of Warriors at Ease, Molly Birkholm, for a deeply restorative iRest yoga nidra practice that is designed to reconnect you to trust, certainty, and peace.

 
Yoga for Depression: An Integrated Practice (Article)

Anyone who has suffered from depression understands how deep, abiding sadness or worthlessness can infiltrate and affect every aspect of our being. Our psychological makeup, physical health, mental outlook, and even our ability to interact with friends and family and be present to the world around us can get shaken to their core.

Grief

Managing Grief (Yoga Class)

Through breathwork and asana, Shari Friedrichsen takes us on a journey to help us release pent-up tensions and allow a space for everything we’re feeling, no matter how difficult.

 
A Pranayama Practice to Move Through Grief (Pranayama Class)

In this insightful 10-minute class, therapist and ayurvedic yoga specialist Kathryn Templeton describes how working with the breath can help those suffering from grief. She not only demonstrates effective pranayama practices, but she also breaks down the physiological benefits of breathing deeply and purposefully.

 
Engaging with Grief (Video Discussion)

Whether to a loved one or a stage of life that is now complete, saying goodbye is difficult. Ayurveda says that when someone you loves dies, they take a piece of your physical heart with them. Grief over loss is the healing process and ultimately, saying goodbye is a new way to honor the relationship.

Chronic Conditions

 
Yoga Nidra for Chronic Pain (Audio Practice)

This practice has healing and transformative powers that can affect mind, body, and awareness. With that in mind, I designed this “yoga nidra for chronic pain” practice to help the many people in my life looking for ways to cope with chronic pain.

 
Yoga and Chronic Illness: Choose a Practice That Works for You (Article)

“Have you tried yoga?” If you’re living with a chronic illness, this is probably a question you’ve been asked. Maybe it came from well-meaning friends or family members. Or perhaps your doctor recommended that you try it. But now you feel lost in a sea of different classes and styles and you don’t know where to start.

 
Yoga You Can Do in Bed (Yoga Class)

Yes, you can do yoga—including sun salutations—from the comfort of your own bed. In this 20-minute video, Jivana shows you how. Enjoy this fully customizable and completely relaxing all-levels practice.

Traumatic Brain Injury

 
LoveYourBrain Yoga: Standing Series for People With Traumatic Brain Injuries (Yoga Class)

This practice is specifically designed for anyone who has suffered a concussion, or any other form of traumatic brain injury, but can serve as a soothing and enjoyable experience for all.

 
LoveYourBrain Yoga: A Gentle Mind/Body Practice (Yoga Class)

Relax your body, relax your mind, with a 30-minute class which focuses on grounding, strengthening poses. Begin with a guided breathing exercise, move through “circle of joy,” seated side stretches, a cat-cow flow, and much more, and conclude with a restful savasana.

 
LoveYourBrain Yoga Meditation: Finding Love Within (Meditation Class)

In this short six-minute practice, Kyla will help you tap into a sense of compassion and love that arises from within.

Caregivers

 
Yoga for Caregivers (Yoga Class)

If you’re a caregiver, you give lovingly and in great abundance to those around you. Yet so often for many of us, there’s a feeling of being constantly “on,” and that means little time to process the fatigue, sorrow, stress, and anxiety that we may feel on behalf of others.

Additional Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA): A U.S.-based resource for finding treatment options and support for addiction and mental health.

Mentalhealth.gov: An educational website with useful mental health information and resources within the United States.

7 Cups: An on-demand emotional support resource that lets you connect one-on-one with a trained listener. Also includes mindfulness exercises, self-help guides, and self-care suggestions.

TalkSpace: An online therapy resource.

The Trevor Project: A U.S.-based organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth.

Movement for Global Mental Health: A network of individuals and organizations working to improve mental health services on an international scale.

The International Center for Mental Health and Human Rights: An organization that provides culturally sensitive mental health resilience trainings on an international scale.

Autism Parenting Magazine provides information and resources for families; applied behavior analysis (ABA) options; and articles about advocacy, safety, dietary options, bullying, and more.