Yoga for COVID-19: An ancient practice for a new condition - A literature review

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2023 Feb:50:101717. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2022.101717. Epub 2022 Dec 13.


A substantial proportion of people with acute COVID-19 develop post-COVID-19 condition (previously known as long-COVID) characterized by symptoms that persist for months after the initial infection, including neuropsychological sequelae. Post-COVID-19 condition frequency varies greatly according to different studies, with values ranging from 4 to 80% of the COVID-19 patients. Yoga is a psycho-somatic approach that increases physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength, and connection. Yoga practice enhances innate immunity and mental health, so it can be used as complementary therapy in the COVID-19 treatment, namely the post-COVID-19 condition. In this article, we conducted a literature review on yoga and COVID-19, finding that an intervention comprising asana, pranayama, and meditation may be a strategy of choice for these patients' recovery. However, further studies are needed to show its effectiveness in this, still unknown, context.

Keywords: COVID-19; Mind-body therapy; Post-COVID-19 condition; Yoga.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 Drug Treatment
  • COVID-19* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Meditation*
  • Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome
  • Yoga* / psychology