A gentle yoga practice is recommended, using repetitive movements
to warm up the body, then holding postures to build strength and flexabilty
and finally resting in Shavasana, relaxation pose. Postures that focus
on flexability will help open up the joints and increase range of
motion and the circualtion of blood, energy and oxygen. Postures that
focus on strength will build muscles around the joint, nourishing
and stabilizing it. Shavasana is essential to allow the body to rejuvinate,
integrate and use the energy that was created and released in the
postures to now heal the body.
At the begining
of a yoga program you may feel pain in the affected joints as they
move and open. If this pain exceeds what is normally experienced in
daily living back off or modify the postures. You may feel some continuing
pain after a yoga practice, but not for more than 1-2 hours. If longer
than this modify or reduce your program. With consitent practice,
perferably 2-4 times a week, joint pain, swelling and inflamation
will slowly decrease. Start slowly with easy postures and gradually
buid up the intensitiy and length of your practice over time.
Yoga is contraindicated
in acute flare ups of pain, swelling or inflamation. Avoid postures
that torque or put excess or direct pressure on the joints.