Different Yoga Exercises for Arthritis

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.