YOGA & JOINT PAIN
Many of us suffer from joint pain or stiffness on a daily basis. With obstacles such as age, mobility of joints or even a hectic work schedule, our joints tend to get neglected. There are many factors at play when it comes to a healthy joint. The proper diet and exercise are at utmost importance. The very fist step to healthier joints start by making proper food choices.
Some expert’s suggest that the consumption of inflammatory foods such as sugar, and gluten rich foods can add to the body’s discomfort. Adding anti- inflammatory foods like green leafy vegetables and fruits is suggested.
Physical activity is the next step. For some individuals suffering from joint pain the thought of physical activity is scary and can at times be discouraging. Introducing gentle movement and stretching into your daily routine can be very beneficial for calming down joint pain and can be done by many people. Yoga is a wonderful tool for stretching and strengthening your joints. Stretching exercises in general help range of motion, which in turn helps your flexibility and circulation.
The gentle practice of Yoga is a perfect way to work on joint pain and strengthen your supporting muscles while promoting a healthy mental state of mind.
Here are 7 yoga poses (asanas) that any level of student can manage. Each asana has its own benefit for reducing pain in the joint or strengthening muscles around the joint.
Remember to listen to your body, the safety of your joints is important. If a pose (asana) is causing you pain, stop the pose and try to modify your posture. The use of blocks cushions or straps while practicing is highly suggested. Joint pain can be managed with the peaceful practice of yoga!
Written by Stephanie Lacaria
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