Is stress killing you? These yoga poses for rheumatoid arthritis are best recommended.
My grandmother is an arthritis patient. She is 90-years old. But still, she remains very active and energetic despite of this pain. One day I asked her “Grandma, how you manage to do all these things, keeping so much pain in your body?”. Listening to this she smiled for a while and said,”All I do yoga dear…. I learned these techniques from my mother. You too try some simple exercises to make your body fit”.
What is Rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder which commonly affects the areas like joints. In some cases the condition can damage the body parts like lungs, heart, skin, eyes and blood vessels.
How does the disorder occurs?
This happens when the immune system attacks our own body tissues.
What does it do to your body?
Physical disabilities like painful swelling leading to bone abrasion and joint deformity.
Restorative yoga is a safe and gentle practice which can make one relax and recharge.
Restorative yoga poses for Rheumatoid arthritis
One must try to focus on his breath while performing these poses. Its good to have yoga props, since these props acts as a support for the body.
Adho Mukha Virasana (Down-face Warrior pose) yoga pose for rheumatoid arthritis
- Calms the mind and body.
- Helps to relieve back and neck pain issues.
- First kneel down and sit towards the back of the mat.
- Open the knees apart and rest your buttocks on the heels (if required place a blanket between calf muscles and buttocks).
- Now look in the forward direction and inhale deeply opening the chest.
- Exhale keeping the buttocks on the heels and move your hands forward.
- First, turn your head to the right side for 3 minutes. Don’t forget to breath while doing so. Then, turn the head to the left side for about 3 minutes and breath.
- To release, inhale by looking forward and exhale through walking the hands back.
Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby) yoga pose for rheumatoid arthritis
- Stretches your hamstrings.
- Calms our mind and body.
- Opens the hip joints.
- Begin by lying down supine on the yoga mat.
- Then gently bend your legs and bring your knees close to the chest.
- Open the arms knees wide.
- Make sure to mound the ankles over the knees. Hold the outer edges of the feet with your hands.
- Now breath and tow your feet gently towards the ground. While doing this release your lower back towards the floor to balance the entire spine.
- Stay in this step for 1 minute. Return back to the normal state by taking a few deep breathes.
- You may repeat the steps if you wish.
Savasana (Corpse pose) yoga pose for rheumatoid arthritis
- Relieves stress and depression.
- Good for insomnia.
- Raises the level of concentration.
- Beneficial for diabetic patients.
- Lay down back flat on the yoga mat. Here, you can use a prop underneath your knees.
- Rest your arms by your side with palms facing upwards.
- Let your feet, hands, fingers and toes to relax by taking a deep breathe.
- Now exhale to release all the tensions.
- Remain in this pose for a longer period of 5-10 minutes.