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Yoga and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Yoga For Special Populations

What is yoga good for? While yoga is good for many conditions and life challenges one
particular condition that benefits from a regular daily yoga practice is Rheumatoid
Arthritis (RA).

Rheumatoid Arthritis | Medicine Net, 2014

arthritic joints

  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that causes chronic
  2. The cause is unknown and it can affect people of any age, but is more common in
    adults 40-60 years old
  3. People suffering from RA go through periods of inflammation and periods of
  4. Inflammation with RA affects the joints by swelling, redness, stiffness and pain,
    but can also occur in tendons ligaments and muscles

Yoga and Rheumatoid Arthritis | (Robinson, 2013)

  1. Creates strong muscles to support joints and improve mobility
  2. Reduces stresses and improve mood which is especially important for people
    experiencing chronic pain
  3. RA is linked with diabetes and heart disease and yoga benefits the healing of both
    of those diseases

Safety (Robinson, 2013)

  1. Speak to rheumatologist about any exercises to avoid
  2. Promote listening to your body
  3. Gentle is best, typically recommended to avoid Ashtanga or power flow classes
  4. Make modifications, shorten practice, or practice another day when there is a flare
  5. Remember the importance of pranayama and stress relieving techniques for this

Instructors (Robinson, 2013)

  1. Study the condition before taking on clients with this condition and make careful
    observations when working with RA clients to ensure that the asanas,
    pranayamas, mudras and bandhas that you are recommending are right for each
  2. Ask questions regularly for clear open communication.
  3. Encourage clients to ask questions and communicate all felt senses that arise.
  4. Limit movement during period of inflammation to a range of motion that is
    comfortable for clients.


  1. Robinson, K, M. (2013). Why yoga can be good for rheumatoid. WebMD. Reviewed by
    Brunilda Nazario, MD.Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/rheumatoidarthritis/features/yoga-good-rheumatoid-arthritis
  2. Medicine Net. (2014). Rheumatoid arthritis pictures slideshow: Joint-friendly exercises & fitness routines. Retrieved from http://www.medicinenet.com/rheumatoid_arthritis_exercises_slideshow/article.htm
  3. Iyengar, B., K., S. (2001) Light on yoga. Thorson. London, England.
  4. Yoga Wiz. (2014). Yoga for healing rheumatoid arthritis. Retrieved from











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