While often associated only with spiritual discipline, yoga has become a popular form of both mental and physical wellness. If you suffer from joint pain and aches, yoga may provide the relief you’re looking for.

In a study from Duke University Medical Center, yoga was found to be effective in treating chronic pain due to conditions such as osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia.

If you’re hesitant to try traditional weight bearing exercises, yoga can be a good, low-impact option for increasing mobility and strength without excess wear and tear. Yoga is also associated with increased energy.

Whether you have back or knee pain or suffer from conditions like arthritis, yoga may greatly improve your quality of life. Beginner yoga classes will slowly guide you through the main poses, breathing techniques, and relaxation of a typical yoga session.

Even if you have certain limitations, like being unable to kneel or have trouble getting up out of chair, modifications are available, and a good yoga teacher will provide alternatives to all activities so you can feel comfortable.

Best advice: talk with your doctor before beginning a yoga routine to ensure your workout is as pleasant, effective and beneficial as possible.

References:

http://www.hopkinsarthritis.org/patient-corner/disease-management/yoga-for-arthritis/

http://www.prevention.com/fitness/yoga/yoga-poses-relieve-aches-and-pains/yoga-pose-cobra

 

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