Yogic Arthritis Relief

Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints which usually affects people who are beyond the forties. Yoga is known for its natural healing effects both to the physical body and the mind. It is proven to improve the body’s overall strength, mobility, and flexibility. If an individual suffers from inflammation, stiffness, and pain of the joints, such as in arthritis, practicing yoga can help in his/her rehabilitation back to health.

Strike The Pain

Low impact exercises such as yoga gently push the body to move without pain, allowing better flow of blood which aids in easing the inflammation. Striking poses depends on how severe your arthritis is. Some may be able to move with more ease than those who are experiencing advanced arthritis. Remember that if a pose feels painful rather than relaxing, refrain from doing it. Strike the following poses in your hue leggings to help kick arthritis pain out:

1. Child’s Pose: This pose gives the hip flexors and the spine a gentle stretch. It also decompresses the thighs, allowing more space within the knee joint area and easing inflammation. It also massages the internal organs promoting detoxification.

  • To Do The Pose: Begin by kneeling on the floor with your toes curled in. During exhalation, lower down your butt and let it rest on your heels. Take a breath in and raise your arms up to the sky. Then as you exhale, lower it down to the ground and reach forward until your torso is resting on your thighs. Stay in this position for 5-10 breaths.

2. Bridge Pose: This pose is very effective in correcting posture. It also promotes leg, core, and gluteus strength which aids in stabilizing the body and equally distributing weight to both legs. It helps to avoid putting the strain on the hips, knees and ankle joints and prevents pain from the inflammation.

  • To Do The Pose: Lie on your back and bend your knees with your feet hip-width apart. Keep your palms on your side, facing the floor. Take a deep breath in and slowly lift your body off the ground, activating your core, gluteus, and legs to avoid putting the strain on your neck. Hold this pose for 5-10 breaths and lower back down to release.

3. Downward-Facing Dog: This is an easy inversion that stretches the whole back of the legs. It also effectively decompresses the spine while strengthening the shoulders. This posture also helps in better circulation of blood throughout the entire body which boosts detoxification and healing of joint inflammation.

  • To Do The Pose: Start by placing your hands shoulder-width apart and your knees hip-width apart on the floor. Then, curl your toes and straighten out your legs to form an inverted V position. Push through the shoulders and the heels of the feet, sending your hips up to the ceiling. Remember to keep your gaze at your navel and hold the pose for 5-10 breaths.

It is recommended to consult your doctor before beginning any physical activity. You can also use props such as blocks, resistance bands, and cushions to help you access poses with ease. Always listen to your body and have fun posing.

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