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YOGA FOR ARTHRITIS

YOGA FOR ARTHRITIS

Class Description

This class is designed based on scientific studies done on patients with arthritis and osteoarthritis from The Yoga Institute, India, and on the results from 11 studies at Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center. What they have found is when yoga is practised regularly it can reduce pain, increase flexibility, improve function and lower stress. Yoga it is a safe and effective way to move and exercise, you benefit from breathing practice plus you have the bonus of mental benefits as the practice is meditative in nature. Most people with arthritis limit themselves and don’t get enough physical activity. New studies have shown that when people with arthritis start to practice yoga they improve their mobility, start to move easier and experience less pain.

Benefits

Studies show that when Yoga for Arthritis is practised regularly it can reduce pain, lower stress, increases flexibility, and improves sleep. It helps to reduce physical and psychological symptoms; built strength and coordinate your body in space with more awareness; improve range of motion in your joints. Gentle yoga movement releases discomfort of tender, swollen joints and improves blood circulation into those areas. Breathing increases blood flow and worms up the muscles, and strength is build while holding the pose.

A Brief Outline Of The Routine

This class is designed based on Integral Yoga style. Starts with 5 min questions/comments, breathing exercises and chanting 7 min, 20 min warm-up and moving sequences, isometric poses (asanas) 20 min, to increase strength, flexibility and balance. Class will end with deep relaxation in Savasana 5 min, meditation 5 min, and closing om chanting. All this poses will be modified based on participants concerns with the help of props; blocks, bolsters, blankets, belts, chairs. All poses are explored in a gradual progression.

If you are someone struggling with arthritis and osteoarthritis and are looking to take this class ask your doctor if there are any specific recommendations or concerns your yoga therapist should be aware of.

Also, let your yoga therapist know If there are other conditions such as high blood pressure, lung conditions, or heart disease or any other limitations.

Note: the number of participants for this class is limited. You have to book an appointment and have a preliminary assessment with the yoga therapist before to start. This is not a drop-in class.

 

Style driven from: Integral Yoga

Level: therapeutic

Duration: 1h15min

Equipment needed: Comfortable clothes, water, mat

Time/ Location: See class schedule

Yoga Therapist: Maria

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