Yoga for Arthritis

“Lubricate joints and ligaments”.

yoga for arthritis 2Practicing yogasana regularly makes smooth and continuous health movements of joints. Keeps the hips and spine flexible. This provides the necessary degree of balanced and healthy blood flow.

Relaxation in the final position of the posture refresh mind and body.

The word arthritis means Arthra = Joint, Itis = inflammation. Not all pain in joints can be called arthritis. When pain in the joint and muscles occurs without any inflammation then it is called arthralgia and myalgia.

Causes of joint pain

Causes of joint pain can be classified under two major headings Adhija- stress born and non-stress born causes.

Arthritis due Anadhija causes (external cause) include those due to infections, injuries and toxins. Apart from direct invasion of joints by germs as in chronic TB, leprosy etc. or pus producing acute arthritis. Reactive arthritis is another condition where inflammation in the joints occurs as a response to infection anywhere else in the body (example rheumatic fever, post dysentery etc.) The treatment of infections certainly requires antibiotics administrated as medicines. Here the role of yoga is to strength the immune system to fight better: and also prevent and correct deformities.

The other common Anadhija cause of painful joints are due to injuries i.e, post traumatic effects on joints. Here yoga practices have been used effectively minimize pain and swelling prevent or correct deformities.

The other common cause of chronic arthritis fall under the category of “Adhija vyadhi ”or stress-related arthritis. Osteo arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are two Common conditions under this category fibromyalgia autoimmune connective tissue disorder with muscular skeletal pains and non-specific arthralgia are other cause of muscular and skeletal.

How does yoga help?

The physical yoga practiced provide a systematically graded training in the gradually increasing the range of movements when practice with deep internal awareness. Not only helps to mobilize the stiff joints but also can prevent further process. Although the damaged cartilage may not get replaced, further deterioration and wearing out can be arrested.

In chronic damaged joints with pain and deformities, the surroundings muscles would be very weak because of long standing inactivity. Similar to physiotherapy, Regular yoga practice with deep internal awareness, can help you to strengthen the surrounding muscles. Shakti vikasana sukshma vyayamas are specific practices that provides the non-weight bearing isometric as well as isotonic exercise that strengthen the muscles that provides the weight-bearing sport to the damaged joints. The additional contribution of yogic sukshma vyayama is the deep relaxation, which takes away the muscles fatigue.

Working with the Pranamaya and Manomaya kosa level practice of Pranayama and Dharana and Dhyana, helps you to move towards a more balanced functioning of all organs in the body including the joints. Stress reduction that emerges out of the notional correction at the Vijnanamaya kosa reduces the basic fears of life that is responsible for the rapid process of aging. You continue to perform in the same setup with efficiency. The inner equipoise, contentment, absolute fearlessness and confidence to accept all ups and downs of life would almost arrest the process of further aging. It would give you a recharged refreshed life with a total change in your world view, moving towards positive Outlook. Stress reduction at this deep level of notional correction is the one that can regret the programmed gene function to a normal rate of cell repair in the cartilage.


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