Exercises help in building the strength of the joints and the muscles, tendons and the ligaments around the affected joints in arthritis. Yoga on the other hand not only helps in giving a better movement to the joints and relieving the stress and the stiffness from the joints but it also helps in improving the blood circulation. The wastes and the toxins of the body and joints are also removed if one do yoga regularly, often these unwanted products aggravate the arthritis problems, pains and other symptoms that cause the flare-up of arthritis. Get a yoga mat for better postures and comfortability.


Yoga Asanas

Yogasanas help in having free and lucid movements of the joints, here are some simple asanas for arthritis.

Sukhasana (Easy Pose) – This asana is falls into the category of Meditative Poses, where the person sits with legs folded and crossed in front, it straightens the spine, the metabolism is slowed, the helps in focusing and develops inner tranquility.

Single Leg Raises – This is a stretching exercise where each leg at a time is raised and taken towards once face, but the leg won’t bend while the other leg stays on the floor. The exercise stretches the legs, lower back and the abdominal muscles and preparing the body for further exercises and muscles relaxation.

Shoulder Stretches – There are quite a few shoulder stretching asanas. These stretches help in relieving the stress of not only the shoulder region but also works on the entire upper back. The difference in the condition of the shoulder and the back can be noticed after it has been done regularly for several weeks.

Neck Exercises – Many people suffer from the stiffness of neck and the shoulder region, this often leads or happens due to bad posture. Neck exercises helps in easing the tension of that region, flexibility is increased and muscles gets toned too.

Standing Side Stretch Pose – This simple exercise helps in developing two energies simultaneously and works on the entire body. One line of energy works from the belly towards the arm and the other from belly towards the legs.

Hand Clenching and Wrist Bending – Arthritis often affects the writs and hands of a person, especially in the cases of osteoarthritis. So keeping them in good condition is important. Hand clenching and wrist bending exercises adds lucidity to the region, lessening the stiffness.

Ankle Bending and Rotation – Too much of injury can cause arthritis in ankles and since they take the entire weight of the body it is important to keep them in working condition. Arthritis in the ankle joints are painful, bending and rotating the ankle make the joints more flexible.

Apart from all these there are other asanas too can help arthritic patients that can help in relieving specific arthritic pain, for that consult a trained yoga therapist.


Simple pranayama helps in patients with arthritic pains. There are several types of pranayams, but the simple inhalation with the right nostrils and exhalation of air via both helps in easing the pain, when it is done for several weeks.

For those people who suffer from chronic anemia and are tired of popping iron pills, Yoga is the best alternative and the most effective cure. All that is required is to take some time out to perform the Yoga postures on a daily basis. This routine not only addresses the chronic anemia but also strengthens the immune system to fight a whole lot of other diseases.

Combine the Yogic postures with regular intake of iron pills or other natural cures like fruit juices to beat this condition as soon as possible. Once you are back on track and your anemic disposition goes away, you can drop all other measures and keep the routine of Yoga to ward off any reoccurrence of this condition

Tackle your Anemia with a two pronged Yogic strategy. This involves both Pranayam or the breathing patterns and the Asanas. When both are applied in combination, the bone marrows are stimulated to produce more red blood cells and the life span of the blood cells runs its course of 120 days.

Breathing Exercises:

  • Start with Ujjayi or the loud breathing through both nostrils. Make sure that the glottis are partially closed and breathe out through the throat. The sound produced is like that of sobbing. The whole pattern must be unhurried, continuous and unbroken.
  • Suryavedna Pranayam or Anulom Viloum Pranayam follows the Ujjayi. This breathing exercise requires sitting cross legged with a straight spine. Slowly draw in air through the right nostril keeping the left closed with the thumb or ring finger. Exhale slowly through the left while keeping the right nostril closed. Now repeat the inhalation with the left and exhalation with the right several times.
  • Finish the breathing exercise with Kapal Bhatti. Draw in short sharp breaths while throwing out the air with force in a continuous sequence without tiring out. Stop when you feel pain in the back or abdomen and repeat several times in between intervals.

Important Postures:

  • Sarvangasna or the shoulder stand is a very powerful Yoga posture that helps the body to produce more red blood cells. It will take a few days practice to perfect it, but remember it works wonder for your anemic condition. Just lie flat on your back with palms in line with your body. Keeping the legs together in straight line, slowly exhale while lifting your legs together to 30, 60, 90 and finally 130 degrees. Hold this position for as long as possible breathing normally. Now bring the legs back to 90 degrees perpendicular to the body ably supported by your palms holding the back firmly. Basically all your weight is supported by the shoulders in this position. Breathe normally and hold this as long as you feel comfortable.
  • Paschimotasana: Sitting with your legs stretched out in a straight line, raise your hands up in the air and bring down your shoulders and head towards your knees, until the head almost rests on the knees and hands are places on either side of the floor. Keep at it breathing normally for as long as you can.
  • Shavasna is the easiest of all Yoga postures. Just lie on your back, hands outstretched with palms facing upwards and legs a little spread out. Begin to unwind and relax all your muscles starting from the toes and work your way up to the head. Keep your eyes closed and push out all random thoughts and stress, relaxing almost like a corpse. Not a muscle in your body should be tense until you almost drift off to sleep. Fifteen minutes of this will relax you more than anything else, helping you with the anemia as well.