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How Does Yoga Help Arthritis?

Updated on May 24, 2016

Yoga Eases the Pain of Arthritis Sufferers

Yoga can relieve arthritis pain by creating more mobility in the joints and increasing flexibility while stretching and strengthening the muscles around the joints. It may also help to prevent or minimize the erosion of cartilage that causes joint pain and swelling in arthritis.

I have a number of yoga students with varying degrees of arthritis, and they've all experienced that their joints are more mobile and hurt less when they regularly attend my classes. They also feel better overall.

If you're interested in practicing yoga as a way to ease your own arthritis symptoms, a good teacher can help you modify poses as necessary, to bring your body into better alignment and with more ease. If you can't find a teacher, I've listed some good DVDs and books later on this page to safely get you started.

Warrior Pose can help arthritis
Warrior Pose can help arthritis | Source

How Yoga Helps Relieve Arthritis Symptoms

Relieve Pain While Increasing Range of Motion

It used to be that doctors advised people with arthritis not to exercise, thinking "If it hurts, don't move it". Now people are finding that inactivity makes it worse. With sedentary people, even more degeneration and pain of the joints occur. To keep joints and muscles healthy and strong, they must be used. When they're not used, they become weaker and more unstable with more likely-hood of injury and more pain and debilitation. Regular gentle movement helps to maintain mobility and it reduces pain, as well as promoting the health of other systems of the body. With regular exercise there's increased blood circulation which helps to reduce swelling and pain, and it improves the functioning of the immune system.

Recently (May 2013), rehabilitative medicine specialist Dr. Loren Fishman referred to a mega-study about gentle exercise and arthritis in one of his Advice on Practicing Yoga in Middle Age Q & A articles. The study shows that gentle exercising, such as in some yoga classes, helps to release an anti-inflammatory protein that reduces the inflammation of osteoarthritis. He says that the "side-effects" of this also include decreasing the probability of Alzheimers, some cancers, and type 2 diabetes.

The practice of yoga is an excellent way to help people develop more mobility and range of motion in their joints along with developing stronger and more pliant muscles. This helps to keep the joints in good alignment, reducing the likely-hood of greater injury and pain. Poses can be adapted for almost anyone. Not all yoga classes will be appropriate for arthritis sufferers -- do some research to find a class that is suitable for you!

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I Recommend This DVD

Easy Yoga For Arthritis by Peggy Cappy

Peggy Cappy's Yoga for the Rest of Us programs on PBS have been very popular for "regular" people who want to start a safe, gentle yoga program. A few of my Gentle Yoga students have used this DVD and have been happy that they can easily follow along.

Her Easy Yoga for Arthritis DVD has received very good ratings overall from users.

Yoga for the Rest of Us: Easy Yoga for Arthritis
Yoga for the Rest of Us: Easy Yoga for Arthritis

From the product description:

Everyone can do this gentle program. In this video Peggy shows how yoga can relieve stiffness, reduce pain and fatigue, and improve muscle and bone strength.

 

A Very Brief Example of Peggy Cappy's DVD

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Arthritis and Its Causes

The word "arthritis" means "joint inflammation" -- the Greek "arthron" means "joint", and the Latin "itis" means "inflammation.

Arthritis is a term that covers many different medical conditions that affect the joints, and is the main cause of disability in older people.

With arthritis, something goes wrong with the joint, depending on the form of this ailment -- it could be that the cartilage is wearing away, a lack of synovial fluid, or it may be an autoimmune disorder, or a combination of factors. Joint injuries may also eventually lead to arthritis.

The most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis happens as the cartilage, which acts as a shock absorber, wears away in some areas. Tendons and ligaments then become stretched, causing pain. Eventually the bones may rub against each other causing even more pain. It's more prevalent in people who are overweight, or in extreme overuse of the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder -- the synovial membrane is attacked, which results in swelling and pain. This kind of arthritis can lead to deformity.

In any of the different types of arthritis, joints may be stiff, painful, and swollen; reducing mobility and range of motion. There's no cure for arthritis, but there are ways to minimize its effects.

Wikimedia diagram of generalized joint, Creative Commons license by madhero88 with a couple added labels.

Sit cross-legged for hip and knee flexibility
Sit cross-legged for hip and knee flexibility | Source

Poses That Help

All yoga poses help to keep the body stronger and more supple; increasing range of motion in the joints, while keeping the surrounding muscles strong and supportive if they are practiced correctly. That doesn't mean that all poses will be helpful for you right away -- if you're new to yoga, especially if you're in pain from arthritic joints, you need to start slowly and gently. The regular practice of yoga can bring relief from arthritis pain if the poses are done mindfully with good body alignment. Beginning Yoga classes and Gentle Yoga classes will teach you simpler poses first, to gradually and safely build up your strength, balance, and flexibility -- all of these elements are beneficial for people with arthritis.

Standing poses are very good for helping to alleviate arthritic pain in all joints, while developing the muscles around these joints to provide more stability. They're especially helpful for increasing strength and flexibility in the hips and knees. Standing poses help to strengthen the buttocks, quadriceps and calves without wear and tear on the hips and knees as long as care is taken to keep proper alignment in the poses . Weak muscles can lead to unstable knees and hips, leading to more injury and pain. Synovial fluid in the joints is distributed more effectively when the joints are taken through their range of motion.

Iyengar Yoga teacher and author, Suza Francina advises her students to sit on the floor every day in various cross-legged positions, to create more mobility in the hips and the knees. If you avoid this because of discomfort, you will lose mobility. As the saying goes, "Use it or lose it!" If these poses are very painful or difficult for you, get help from a good teacher, or you might find suggestions in books or videos. Sitting up on a folded blanket or two, with extra support under the knees often helps.

All of the poses pictured on this article are helpful for people with arthritis; however you may need to modify them or do them with support. The standing poses can be done against a wall or holding onto a chair or counter-top for extra support. A good yoga teacher can help you decide the best way to practice various poses for the best benefits to your own body.

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Yoga for arthritis - tree pose
Yoga for arthritis - tree pose

Find a Good Yoga Teacher

A good yoga teacher can guide you in learning poses to alleviate your arthritis symptoms.

You'll need to do some research to find a teacher who suits your needs. You might ask your doctors if they know of qualified yoga teachers to help you. You can find lists of well-trained yoga teachers through the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the U.S. or through Yoga Alliance. A good, well-trained yoga teacher does not have to be a specialist in yoga for arthritis, but will still be able to help you learn to modify classic yoga postures to suit your own special needs.

You might consider taking a couple of private lessons first, so that the teacher can work more closely with you and your particular needs. That way when you start a regular class (Gentle or Beginning Yoga), you'll already have a sense of how much you can do, and what kinds of modifications you need to stay comfortable and safe within the yoga poses.

A good article put out by Johns Hopkins includes good questions to ask when looking for a yoga teacher. (Check out the rest of the article too for more useful information!)

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Downward facing dog
Downward facing dog | Source

Getting the Most Out of Your Yoga Class or Practice

Work Intelligently to Help Your Arthritis

Listen to your body as you practice to determine which poses, stretches, and movements are most helpful, and which feel like they might be injurious.

If a pose doesn't feel right, don't push through it, but work gently, and get help from your teacher.

Learn to know the difference between "good pain" and "bad pain". There's a difference between the discomfort of stretching muscles and moving stiff joints through their range of motion, and the pain of actions gone wrong -- of movements that can cause injury. Sudden or severe pain is a warning to stop!

Avoid doing the poses and actions mechanically, but observe the response of your body and breath to the poses. Don't hold your breath. A smooth, relaxed, easy breath helps to reduce pain and promotes relaxation.

Don't overwork, but balance your active yoga practice with restorative (restful, supportive, nurturing) poses. You benefit from the active poses only if you're well-rested.

Learn to use yoga props to support your body in more difficult poses, or for longer held poses. When the body is supported, its easier to stretch the muscles and safely move the joints through their range of motion, easier to bring the body into better alignment, and it conserves energy.

I Recommend This Book

Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide by Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall

Yoga teacher and author Suza Francina calls this book "The best book on yoga for effectively treating arthritis!" This book gives a comprehensive overview on arthritis and how yoga can be used to alleviate symptoms. It's thoroughly illustrated, with chapters focusing on each major joint. Poses are given for beginners and for more experienced practitioners, with instructions and guidelines for modifying poses as needed.

The Amazon.com product description says this book is a comprehensive, user-friendly medical yoga program designed for management and prevention of arthritis

"In this comprehensive and thoroughly illustrated guide, Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall help readers understand arthritis and give a spectrum of exercises for beginners and experts. Broken down into chapters focusing on each major joint, there are 100 classical yoga poses and numerous imaginative and physiologically sound adapted poses, all with step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow photo demonstrations. The authors welcome readers into the philosophy and principles of yoga and show how to use yoga to find lasting relief from arthritis. 400+ illustrations."

Another Good Book to Consider - The New Yoga For Healthy Aging by Suza Francina

Iyengar Yoga teacher, Suza Francina, is my favorite author for books on Yoga and Aging.

This guide is written with baby-boomers in mind, and it includes good photos and clear instructions for poses, including the use of props and modified poses. Readers are taken step-by-step through a number of poses that can prevent or lessen many age-related ailments, including arthritis.

Have you tried yoga to help your arthritis?

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      wiserworld 7 months ago

      Thanks for sharing the yoga tips. Are there any other books you recommend?

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      SmartYoga 3 years ago

      Hi! Yes, I've heard that yoga can be of great value for arthritis sufferers! Just wanted to add that especially if one has joint issues, it's helpful to choose a good quality yoga mat which is soft AND stable, to cushion joints and prevent slipping and unnecessary tension during practice! Namaste!

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      Karen 3 years ago from U.S.

      @pjsart: Thanks for the comments. My yoga students with arthritis have also found great relief from taking yoga classes. When practiced with intelligence, it's such a good way for learning how to take care of ourselves.

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      pjsart 3 years ago

      I have suffered from rheumatoid arthritis since childhood and find having a meditation and yoga practice keeps me agile and active. I am a great grandmother now, but look and am active like a much younger person. I like having a class but live out in a rural area so I do it online with classesyoga.net . Please visit my lens if you are interested in teaching...

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      Karen 3 years ago from U.S.

      @iwrite100: It would definitely be helpful if he enjoys yoga and can find a good class to get started :-) Otherwise some other relatively gentle stretching and strengthening program would probably work well too.

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      Maribel Forayo 3 years ago from Philippines

      My dad is always complaining for pain caused by arthritis. This would rally be helpful.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      I'm sure this info will help many. Thank you for publishing it. Wish you the best.

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      LiveBig LM 4 years ago

      I recommended Yoga to my mom for arthritis pain. I just bought her a new yoga mat for xmas too.

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Fabulous lens here. What great info. I work with a lot of seniors and I will definitely pass this info along! Thanks for sharing.

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      @Nikki58: Thanks, Nikki58. All of the poses can be modified. There's never any need to force yourself into a position that your body can't do :-) The Peggy Cappy "Yoga for Arthritis" DVD shows simple poses that most people can do.

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      Nikki58 4 years ago

      Great info and well written. While I have never tried Yoga this has piqued my interest. Just not sure I could get into some of the poses?

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      appelonia 4 years ago

      Thanks for a really good lens. What good information.

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      CureCandidaNaturally 4 years ago

      Yoga is an amazing exercise, it's good for so many different ailments.

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      JadaFuego 4 years ago

      I am a yoga buff..i love it..it is my favorite form of exercise.

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      @premjayaram: Thanks :-) I don't really remember how long it took me to write this. Probably a couple weeks off and on. But I also teach yoga and have experience teaching people with arthritis.

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      Kaizer 4 years ago

      Good information, appreciate.

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      premjayaram 4 years ago

      wow...this is such a comprehensive site. How long did u take to make this. Good job!

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      UKGhostwriter 4 years ago

      Never tried yoga ...yet, but I never rule anything out

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      anaisfraiche 4 years ago

      Yoga helps me to deal with back pain post delivery.

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      YogaAngel 4 years ago

      Yoga is fantastic for arthritis

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      Bob Zau 4 years ago

      I can put this Yoga lens to good use on myself.

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I have fibromyalgia and if I didn't stretch and move, I'd stiffen up in a heartbeat. I don't do yoga specifically these days, but I understand the benefits are immense for people suffering from mobility issues.

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      jeromeyoung 4 years ago

      They say it's really effective. I haven't tried it myself. I'd like to try it one day. Thanks for sharing some information here.

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      GrowthSpark 4 years ago

      Thanks, I've tried it before but didn't stick with it, after reading this I think I'll be giving it another go.

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      psoriasistreatment7 4 years ago

      I do yoga a few times a week and it helps to prevent stiffness in my joints.

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      MamaRuth 5 years ago

      I have not had much experience (yet) with yoga but am interested in exploring the conneciton between the practice of yoga and arthritis improvement. Thank you for the helpful information and links to relevant articles.

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Great lens with very useful info. Well done. Thank you.

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      CharleneDavies 5 years ago

      Nice Lens. Very informative.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A very informative lens.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Wonderful information which I'll pass along. A friend in her 80s and I do Yoga once / week with a great and knowledgeable teacher. If she offered it more often, I'd do those classes also. I have great intentions of doing Yoga on my own, but I never quit make it :+) I do have arthritis and one hip replacement. I am a very young 70!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      This is part of natural remedy, which I always prefer vs. pills which are chemicals.

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      dwnovacek 5 years ago

      Great lens! Lots of wonderful information about the subject. I am both overweight and arthritic and so I thought that yoga was not a viable option for me. I'm glad to see I was wrong! Angel Blessed!

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      stevenstones 5 years ago

      Nice Lens!

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      @KarenHC: We use props, i.e. chairs, blankets, wall support, blocks, to help people get closer to the "full" pose, with ease and comfort. While their poses may never look like the ones shown on this page, they are moving their bodies in such a way that they are regaining some of the mobility that they've lost due to arthritis, whether it's in the hips or knees or back etc. If I can find photos showing this, I'll add a few. Until then, these photos are meant to inspire.

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      @anonymous: I have many yoga students who have arthritic hips, and who can do these poses...but in a modified way. They're not particularly interested in being photographed though, and I haven't found creative common photos (i.e. free to use photos online) to replace the images I have here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Anyone with arthritic hips CANNOT do the poses you show on this page. Have you ever tried to meet a very healthy, active, adult, that CANNOT cross her legs, touch her toes, or act like a pretzel, you need to stop showing off what a normal person can do, and show something what an aurthritic person can do.

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      Ladyeaglefeather 5 years ago

      This is a great lens, all women should know, the information you have here.

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      I've been told that my recent patella fracture could lead to the onset of early osteo arthitis. In physical therapy for muscle and joint rehab at the moment, but thinking that yoga will help put off further problems once I'm mobile again.

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      SoundsOfBliss 5 years ago

      I've practiced Yoga a long time, but never specifically for arthritis. This lens has opened my eyes! That book looks very interesting...

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      I have "Yoga for the Rest of Us" and a yoga mat, but haven't done much with each. I do have a painful hip and thought it may help, will get to work with it as no improvement will happen if I do nothing.

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      armidabooks 5 years ago

      love yoga. have been practicing for some time and my whole body feels better.

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      @HERBMASTER: TaiChi would also be wonderful to do! If I weren't practicing yoga, I'd be practicing TaiChi. Thanks for your comment.

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      HERBMASTER 5 years ago

      While I do TaiChi, I can appreciate the benefits of Yoga, especially the flexability, potential for incredible experiences in meditation, enjoyment of life, fun and general well-being.

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      vkumar05 5 years ago

      The ancient science of Yoga is going to be the final front in our fight against stress of modern day life. Great lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Fiona 5 years ago from South Africa

      Am trying to get my mom to do yoga - she's just started getting arthritis, will email her the link to this lens and hope she gives it a try

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      tcorbs 5 years ago

      I've always wanted to try yoga, looks like it's valuable to learn.

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      peppervel 5 years ago

      always wanted to try yoga but my body is sooo inflexiible. would really love to be able to do yoga. thanks for sharing this lens.

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      i tried yoga once but i did know really know what it is good for - i am way too impatient to find out :-)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Yoga is great, but you have to take it slowly to avoid injury. I think starting in a class with a good teacher is best.

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      WayneDave LM 5 years ago

      Great tips and information. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      educational indeed, I'm one of those readers that browsed upon this for knowledge basis for the time being. earned a 'thumbs up' for what you've said in this.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I have a couple of yoga cd's, but I never seem to get around to using them. But I think your article motivated me just a little bit.

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      @Qcsgroup: I've found that people often do better if they start with a Gentle Yoga (or something similar) class, if they're just getting into yoga and they have joint problems. This way they can gently bring their bodies through beneficial stretches without doing difficult poses. The Gentle Yoga classes that I teach are include using extra support in many of the poses (chairs, wall, blankets, blocks, straps), and easier variations of poses.

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      Qcsgroup 5 years ago

      i really liked the lens .. a lot of great information .. i was wondering for people who have arthritis and their just getting started with yoga , what would you recommend would be the best exercises ? I was researching about this a while back and from my research the poses can sometimes be hard to do .. But what do you think about it ?

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Very nice, useful and motivating. Thank you :) Squid Angel blessed!

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      ms-giggles 5 years ago

      I'm so glad I came across your lens. I'm going to start doing Yoga. The bigges reason for disease comes from are bodies lack of fighting off oxidative stress. I have built a lens that has a health breakthrough called Protandim!! Lowering oxidative stress help the body fight diseases like arthritis. I have RA and I live pain free today because I took back my health. After reading how Yoga works I believe this would be an amazing health benefit for my body. Thanks

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I have very mild arthritis, but yoga has helped very much with that, it helps soothe those aching joints. Great lens.

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      @RinchenChodron: Hi RinchenChodron! I don't know specific teachers in Denver, but I was just browsing through the Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver website -- I'm impressed with their scope and attitude. Ahh, just realizing there are MANY places to take Iyengar yoga in Denver, so you'll be able to pick and choose perhaps. Good luck!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Thanks for reminding me I need to move regularly! I love Iyengar yoga! My mom had Lupus and I am beginning to creek. One particular finger is bad - but I type all the time. It could just be aging. Also my hips and back. Will be looking for a new Iyengar teacher in Denver - any suggestions?

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      privresearch 5 years ago

      yoga exercises were the one thing that helped me with my constant back pain

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      PainMan1 5 years ago

      Great info on this important lens! Wonderful job!

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      bechand 5 years ago

      I am a therapist and yes yoga can be great - but do be careful with your wrists and hands with some of those motions that put weight bearing on these joints - they could get worse not better ...

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      enriquex1 5 years ago

      Yoga is one of the modules I practice to keep myself limber and relaxed. Great advice.

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      fashionistadiva 5 years ago

      I love doing yoga it is so relaxing!!

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      yoga is best for every human being!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yoga done under guidance can be a real boon for a healthy body. Thanks for sharing this great lens!

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      molewartcure 5 years ago

      Yoga has been lifesaver for my dad, awesome lens!

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      JanieceTobey 5 years ago

      What a wonderful resource for those with arthritis! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      I just haven't gotten around to exploring yoga for arthritis. Thanks for the encouragement to do so.

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      cbessa 5 years ago

      Hello!

      Just stopping by to tell you that i featured/reviewed this lens on my Top 5 lenses from my Squidoo Neighbours lens!

      I would really appreciated to get your feedback. Hope you like it!

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      jstarley 5 years ago

      I recently started practicing yoga again after a couple year break. I've come to the realization that if I don't use it, I'll lose it. Meaning, I want to take better care of my body so it will carry me through the rest of my life. Yoga to me is like lubricating a car. It must be well oiled to function properly. Thank you for this wonderful information.

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      @ecogranny: I'm so glad you found this useful, Graceonline :-) Yoga really is a wonderful approach to health!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This is an excellent lens! I've been looking for just this information to help my mom, and I think I can benefit from some of these exercises too. Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yoga is one of the most helpful things you can do for arthritis. It gets those joints unstuck.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The information about the yoga poses for arthritis is very helpful to me. Thanks for sharing the nice information.

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      maryctucker 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing very interesting lens.....

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      Gerald McConway 5 years ago

      Just started getting into yoga, but it is already paying dividends. I really enjoyed this lens, thanks!

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      LikinTrikin LM 5 years ago

      I've had many people tell me to try yoga and after reading this lens, I'm convinced that I need to try it!!. Thanx for the push.

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      myshelle01 5 years ago

      Thank you a most interesting lens. My daughter has just started yoga and loves it. I should, I am full of Arthritis

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      @anonymous: Thanks for the link to this article. It's very interesting!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting study out of Ohio State that shows a link between regular yoga practice and cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) a part of the body's inflammatory response.

      http://www.dailyrx.com/news-article/yoga-reduces-b...

      IL-6 has been found associated with many health complication such as stroke, type 2 diabetes andarthritis.

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      smithlights 5 years ago

      Great info about both yoga and arthritis!

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      maryctucker 5 years ago

      I know I can manage arthritis a little better

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It's a new information for me..Thanks

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      Demaw 5 years ago

      Yoga like other exercises takes time and effort to see any benefit.

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      alexvervier 5 years ago

      Awesome lens Kajohu. Found the section on Arthritis and Its Causes very educational.

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      howtocurecancer 5 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      rravi123 5 years ago

      very much useful tips for yoga. go to my great brathing exercise lens for how to breath with yoga

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      maryctucker 5 years ago

      It's very nice information about the yoga.I follow your posting.

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      LensSeller 6 years ago

      I never knew arthritis could be treated by yoga. Thank you for opening my eyes to this kajohu, it's certainly something I'll be recommending to a friend who has arthritis.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I believe in the healing powers of yoga. I also know that it can easily beat arthritis. depuy hip replacement lawsuit

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      Barbara_Allan 6 years ago

      Yoga has been an important part of my own arthritis treatment. Thanks for creating this lense.

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      MBradley McCauley 6 years ago

      Excellent lens, so much good info. Will share the link with some of my friends. Going back to see more of your lenses. I sent a link about bird songs to some birding friends in TX. I like your lens style.

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      BestRatedStuff 6 years ago

      great lens, need to take up yoga again. thanks :)

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      Good information. Thanks!

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      vitaminmonkey 6 years ago

      Great lens! Makes me want to start doing yoga again!

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      Dinostore 6 years ago

      This is very interesting, great information! Thumbs up and fav'd.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Excellent information. I want to try this.

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Excellent and informative lens. My wife is beginning to suffer from it now in her hands so for me this is timely. Lensrolled.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yoga is something that I have been interested in for quite a few years, but never took that interest to the point of actually learning. I am not in a position to afford a teacher or classes, so a DVD is the way I would have to learn. I am always impressed by the flexibility, control and strength exhibited by people that do yoga and for these benefit alone I feel it would help me immensely. Great resource lens. *SquidAngel Blessed*

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nicely done! I have tried yoga, I remember thinking how it looked so easy, and wouldn't do much. Wow, was I wrong. I think yoga has to be one of the best all around exercises, not just physically either, it has such a calming influence. I really should do this more!

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      *Blessed by a Squid Angel*

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips!

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      @Gall Bladder Symptoms: Nope, sorry! You'd need more of a specialist.

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      Gall Bladder Symptoms 6 years ago

      Great post. Are you aware of any yoga poses that help with gallbladder pain?

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      ratetea 6 years ago

      I don't have arthritis but it's something I'm conscious about because older people in my family have it and I'd like to prevent it if possible. I notice that I feel a lot better in different ways after movement arts like Yoga or Qi Gong. Lately I've done more Qi Gong than Yoga but I find them both to have very positive effects on the mind, body, and spirit.

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      bigjoe2121 6 years ago

      I cured fibromyalgia with the help of yoga. This is the cd that helped me http://www.squidoo.com/the-best-yoga-dvd-for-anger... It doesn't have a sequence for fibro, but it has one for osteoarthritis.

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      Dee Gallemore 6 years ago

      Excellent resource on yoga for those with arthritis! Although I don't believe I have arthritis, your wonderful explanations have given me cause to consider trying yoga as part of my mid-life health regimen. Thanks so much . . . and blessed!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      A good helpful lens. Blessed by a squid angel and featured on Me?!! A Squid Angel.

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Thanks for this excellent page. I don't have arthritis, but I have started to do a bit of yoga (or something that resembles it!) just to work out a bit and try to keep in shape. Angel blessed!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I did Yoga many years ago, and am thinking of getting back into it. I have a little arthritis and it may be a way to help it. I enjoyed your lens and the information in it.

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      Nice lens and useful information too.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      great info. yoga for all :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yoga as such is a good healthy exercise, it is a slow movement without jerks . Every part of the body can benefit with certain yoga postures designed for specific body part usage. Great lens highlighting Yoga benefits for arthritis.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      @WritingforYourW: I haven't tried hot yoga, but I've heard great things from people who've been doing it for awhile. Yes, practicing yoga in general feels so good afterward :-)

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      WritingforYourW 6 years ago

      I did hot yoga today! It's my third time. Great experience. You always feel so good and stretched out after yoga. :)

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Nothing has been more effective for my injuries than stretching and yoga, and your information is right on target. I feel certain I could have avoided surgery had I started doing this decades ago.

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      CofCJenny LM 6 years ago

      wonderful information & tips!

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      Bambi Watson 6 years ago

      I've been doing yoga for my RA for years & I'm sure that I have yoga to thank for my mobility.

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      teemu 6 years ago

      I have arthritis, but never realized that yoga helped. It does, I just never put two and two together.

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      Great tips...thanks for sharing...and thanks for visiting my Shepherd's Pie lens...I appreciate it!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I have fibromyalgia and do an informal type of yoga at home- it sure does help. I can't manage regular exercise but stretching is imperative. Great lens!

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      @PNWtravels: Give it a try! Yoga can do such great things for us as long as we find a class (or DVD or book) that's suitable for us.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      @sheriangell: Thanks so much for the blessing! I appreciate it!

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I've got several friends who do yoga but I've never tried it. It would probably do me some good.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      What a helpful lens about natural relief from arthritis. Blessed by a Squid Angel today and featured on Pay It Forward - My Life As An Angel

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      @anonymous: I'm glad this info is helpful! Movement is so important to help arthritis symptoms, so your wife is on the right track about that.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Good information on an important subject and very helpful therapy. My wife has been suffering severe arthritis over the last year and one of the things that help is movement. I believe yoga would be a tremendous benefit. Thank you for sharing.

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      stevenho128 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I'm going to continue with Yoga and introduce it to my parents to improve their flexibility and overall health :>

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      very nice lens, i am going to start doing yoga

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      bluekoala220 6 years ago

      This was a very informative lens about yoga. I have never tried it before, but i got curious:)

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      @falconf6: Glad you liked the lens! Yes, yoga goes well with weight training partly because it does help to keep the muscles longer and more supple.

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      falconf6 6 years ago

      loved your lens about yoga. We all have to look after ourselves as we get older. I do lots of different things for exercise and weight training is one of them. I practise yoga as well as i find it helps keep me supple and balances out the weights training. Keep up the good work keeping Yoga to the fore.

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      jameswill2010 6 years ago

      yoga videos and yoga dvd are quite helpful for the beginner who want to learn yoga.

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      pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Incredibly informative and very deserving of that Purple Star I spotted up there! Blessed by a passing Squid Angel :-)

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I used to do yoga and felt great. I need to get back into it. It is a great exercise program. I liked this lens too.

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      LotusMalas 6 years ago

      Such an informative lens - and well deserving of the Purple Star!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I always love reading your lenses. The pictures are easy to follow.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a fantastic lens. Never thought about the arthritis suffers using yogo to help them. Makes perfect sense to me. I've used yogo most of my life and normally that is how I sit, its just natural to do.

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Well DONE!!! Excellent and much needed information on a well-formatted lens.

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I didn't realize that yoga can help arthritis, I'll have to spread the word.

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      I have arthritis, but have never tried yoga. Thanks for the information.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm not sure I have arthritis, but I sure have creaky bones. THis lens inspires me to try yoga again. Blessed...

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      missbat 6 years ago

      This lens really helped me out. I was contemplating taking up yoga; I was afraid about doing so since I have arthritis. These links and tips showed me it would be quite beneficial to go ahead and start. Thanks so much!

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Nicely done :)

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have practiced yoga for many years, as well as other mind-body therapies. I attribute these practices to my ongoing good health. Great lens, by the way.

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      Thank you for the information on Yoga and arthritis. I had no idea Yoga could be so helpful.

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      Makeextramoneyonline 6 years ago

      Yoga is great.

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      I'm interested in yoga but I haven't tried it yet.

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      the777group lm 6 years ago

      @KarenHC: I'm with you both! Tai Chi is fantastic but Yoga can be more dynamic but needs more commitment (empty stomach, safe environment etc.)

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      @anonymous: Thanks! I agree that Tai Chi Chuan is also excellent for arthritis and good health in general. If I weren't doing yoga, I'd probably be doing Tai Chi.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great article! I'm not a big Yoga fan but I love Taijiquan. It's excellent for arthritis as well.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      @LoKackl: Thanks so much for your Squid Angel blessing, LoKacki! I think the two hour walks sound delightful -- if you are a restless person and want to try yoga, probably a flow-based yoga class would be good for you -- but in the meantime, walking is such a great activity to maintain mobility and a good state-of-mind :-)

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      LoKackl 6 years ago

      This lens is so full of practical help for anyone considering yoga for arthritis. For most of my adult life I have used long (one to two-hour) walks before 7a.m. to keep fit. If I ever become unable to do that or if arthritis becomes a problem I will "give it a go" as they say. Restlessness tells me I'm a better walker than yoga practitioner. Thanks much. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      @anonymous: I'm happy that you thought this article was interesting :-) The practice of yoga poses is just one way of keeping the body more mobile for people with arthritis. It's been effective for a number of my students with arthritis and similar conditions.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have never tried Yoga for my arthritis...I found this lens very interesting. I have tried arthritis water aerobics and it is very helpful.

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      semas 6 years ago

      Excellent lens on how yoga can help ease arthritis. I do yoga and know by experience what you are saying is effective.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      I love yoga and I have RA - thanks for all these great resources.

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      kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I've never tried yoga as an adult. When I was in high school, a student teacher in gym class had us do it, but no one really took it seriously. I'd like to try it again.

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      Kyecerulian 6 years ago

      I feel the urge to go and do Yoga now. Great lens!

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      KarenTBTEN 6 years ago

      Excellent job here of describing how yoga can support range of motion.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very informative lens. i would like to link this page with my lens old age problems. thks for sharing.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      @jjj1: Thanks! Yoga can help both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis (your question from the forum -- I'll clarify that soon). Since exercise is difficult for your mother, I'd suggest that she try to find a Gentle Yoga, or any gentle exercise class to ease into moving more. I know it's difficult, but it really does help, as long as she can find a class that she's comfortable in!

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      jjj1 6 years ago

      An interesting lens. My mother has bioth osteo and rheumatoid arthritis and finds exercise difficult. Will inform her of this. Many thanks.

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