Arthritis

There is no known cure for arthritis, but several studies have shown yoga effective for reducing and even eliminating the symptoms of this disease. A gentle yoga practice is recommended, using repetitive movements to warm up the body, then holding postures to build strength and flexibility and finally resting in Shavasana, relaxation pose. Yoga is contraindicated in acute flare ups of pain, swelling or inflammation. Avoid postures that torque or put excess or direct pressure on the joints.

Yoga Postures
Use our Whole Body Tonic sequence as a base for arthritis or use the following posture lists that open and strengthen the effected joints: Yoga Poses for Knee Pain, Yoga Poses for Hip Pain, Yoga Poses for Back Pain.

Pranayama
For Osteoarthritis use the energizing and warming Kapalabhati and Ujjayi pranayamas. For Rhumatiod Arthritis use the cooling and calming Dirga, Sit Cari or Shitali pranayamas.

Meditation
Meditation reduces stress, calms the mind and helps reduce pain and heal the body. Use one of the following by itself and/or at the beginning and end of your yoga practice: Yoga Meditation, Heart Chakra Meditation, Metta Meditation.

Articles
Yoga Rx for Arthritis
Yoga – Relaxation and Relief for Arthritis Sufferers 

Books and Videos
Yoga for Arthritis
Yoga: the Path to Holistic Health
Yoga Therapy
Yoga for Wellness
Yoga RX

Web Resources
Johns hopkins Online resource for Arthritis 
Arthritis Foundation

Yoga is not a substitute for conventional western medication; please consult your medical professional before starting a yoga practice.

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