Osteoarthritis (OA) affects the vast majority of adults as they age. Sadly, this condition can lead to swollen, painful joints, and loss of function. Treatments for arthritis range from physical therapy to medications to surgery. It is also possible (and usually preferable) to manage symptoms oneself through a healthy lifestyle. Increasing physical activity and managing one’s diet can help reduce symptoms and avoid further injury. Regular exercise, even a regular walking routine, can prevent further complications associated with OA.
Yoga fits beautifully into a healthy lifestyle and has been shown to improve symptoms of OA. Motion and stretching can reduce swelling and help achy joints feel better. Yoga can also increase strength, endurance, and flexibility. Additionally, the meditative aspect of yoga helps relieve stress. Stress has been shown to exacerbate symptoms of arthritis, so mind-body practices such as Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi and Qigong are excellent practices to adopt.
Many postures that you find in a typical Yoga class sequence are great options for those with OA. Try the following postures to help those achy joints:
- Vrksasana (Tree Pose)
- Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
- Prvta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)
- Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2)
- Parsvakonasna (Lateral Angle Pose)
- Setu Bandha Sarvangasna (Bridge Pose)
- Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose)
If you’d like a personalized sequence or an individual session focused on your health goals, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join me for one of my classes. See my offerings on my schedule page.
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