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