In addition to having positive effects on the mind, stress, sleep and mood, yoga can also benefit the musculoskeletal system.
-Strengthen the muscles supporting the joints.
-Improve balance and physical function.
-Increase bone strength.
-Reduce joint stiffness.
-Improve joint flexibility and range of joint motion.
-Reduce pain by increasing the range of joint motion and having a positive impact on the fluid in the joint (synovial fluid).
There are studies that have looked at the beneficial effects of this form of exercise.
YOU KNOW YOUR OWN BODY
Although yoga can be fun, challenging and relaxing, remember to not push your joints beyond a certain limit. You can always modify yoga poses by using a block, strap, chair or other devices that can assist you.
For individuals living with arthritis, always remember to discuss with your rheumatologist or internist whether a specific type of yoga practice is good for you based on your medical condition or history.