Are you suffering from rheumatoid arthritis? You must be taking medications and treatments for relieving the pain and improving the quality of your life. But do you know that you can get natural relief from pain and discomfort by practicing yoga? Yoga actually works for relieving the pains and discomforts of rheumatoid arthritis. There are poses and breathing exercises that can relieve pain in addition to being beneficial in reducing inflammation, lower blood pressure, and arthritic flare-ups. Certain simple moves can actually help you in relieving the discomfort and improve the standard of your life. However, check with your physician before starting on these yoga poses for rheumatoid arthritis:Spinal twist: Sit straight and extend your left leg forward. Now slowly cross the right leg over the left through the knee. The right foot should be flat on the ground. The right arm now goes around the corresponding shin. You may need your left hand to support your position. So, that goes flat on the floor behind the buttocks for supporting the spine. Keep your posture straight and maintain this position for a few seconds. Repeat using the other side. Take deep breaths while doing this pose.
Leg cradling: Sit and extend your right leg forward.The foot should be flexed. Bend your left knee and now place the left foot on your right hand. Rap the other hand around the leg from outside. Now rock from side to side in this position. Stop and come to the center position. Take deep breaths and repeat the same with the other leg and arm. This should be done a couple of times before switching on to the next exercise.
Shoulder stretch: Rheumatoid arthritis does not just affect the legs and the spine, but the joints of the entire body. That is the reason you need to do shoulder stretch to increase the flexibility of your shoulder and arms. Inhale and bring your arm to the shoulder level. Now exhale and gradually draw the arm across the body to the other side. The position of the palm should be away from you. While holding this pose, you should look away over the shoulder on the right side. Take a few deep breaths and return to the starting position. Repeat this exercise several times with both the hands.
Bound angle pose: This pose is perfect for releasing tension of the inner groin. Sit straight and bring the soles of the feet together. Keep the two knees open. Now lean forward slightly and press down your knees slightly. Keep the jaw relaxed and the neck extended. Inhale and exhale. This should relieve tensions from the body.
Child’s posture: This position helps to relieve back pain in rheumatoid arthritis patients. To do this pose, you need to sit with your back on your heels. Look forward and extend your arms. Inhale and exhale. Maintain this position for a few seconds and then repeat. Do 5-6 reps of this pose in the beginning and increase the number of repetitions gradually.
You can ask an experienced yoga instructor for the poses that should be best for your condition. You must perform yoga under the guidance of an experienced teacher only. There are no side effects of yoga. So, you can do these poses in addition to your normal medications suggested by your physicians.