A Chair Yoga Sequence for Arthritis: Increase Mobility and Decrease Pain

Kathryn Boland, R-CYT, R-DMT
Woman practicing yoga Cat (Marjaiasana) and Cow Pose (Bitilasana)

Creaky joints, stiffness, pain, difficulty doing the most mundane of tasks, never mind those that are physically challenging and exhilarating. These experiences characterize arthritis, “a broad range of over 100 diseases … mainly involving pain around the joints” (webmd.com).

Woman practicing Legs up the Wall yoga pose (Viparita Karani)

Research Review Highlights Yoga's Benefits for Arthritis, Back Pain and Other Pain Conditions

A great deal of yoga research has focused on pain syndromes including arthritis, neck and back pain, headaches, and the underlying mechanisms of pain reduction in yoga. According to a comprehensive review of... Read more
Yoga for arthritis in Seated Forward Fold Pose (Paschimottanasana)

Yoga for Arthritis - 8 Tips to Help You Relieve Symptoms and Stay Active

After years of teaching high-impact aerobics, I found myself in the office of an orthopedic surgeon discussing knee surgery. I was frustrated and scared and told my doctor it wasn’t fair because I’d always... Read more
Woman doing Knees to Chest Pose (Apanasana) yoga

How to Prevent Boomeritis: Slow the Clock Safely

Bursitis, tendinitis, arthritis, plantar fasciitis . . . these are just some of a long list of ‘itis’es that people become increasingly vulnerable to as they get older. And, they all put you at great risk for... Read more
Yoga student experiencing the benefits of yoga for arthritis

Yoga for Arthritis: Study Shows Yoga Reduces Arthritis Pain and Improves Well-being

Discomfort while walking. Pain in your hip, neck, or other joint area that wakes you up at night. Morning stiffness that can take over an hour to subside. These experiences are all-too-familiar for the one in... Read more
Group of yoga students practicing Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)

Ease for the Knees: Yoga Reduces the Pain of Osteoarthritis

A new study offers hope to people suffering from Osteoarthritis (OA). Older women enrolled in an 8-week Hatha yoga program not only experienced reduced pain and stiffness, but also increased function up to 12 weeks after program completion. Read more
Older woman in yoga studio practicing Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

The Upcoming Epidemic of Disability—Can Yoga Help?

Not too long ago, the health problems causing the majority of illness and death in the Western world were issues like malnutrition, injuries and accidents, infectious diseases like malaria, polio, and the flu, and complications of pregnancy and delivery. Read more
Older woman practicing yoga for arthritis relief

Study Highlights How Yoga Brings Relief to Arthritis Sufferers

People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis might soon find that their doctor recommends an alternative therapy over pain killers: yoga and Tai Chi. Read more
yoga for arthritis

Yoga for Arthritis - Can Yoga Help Preserve Freedom of Movement? An Interview with Yoga Therapists Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall

“Osteoarthritis is a heart attack of the joint,” which some are calling a ‘joint death.’ Considering there were 600,000 ‘joint deaths’ in the U.S. in 2002 (94 percent because of osteoarthritis), compared with... Read more
Older yoga woman practicing Intense Side Stretch Pose (Parsvottanasana)

Yoga Improves Quality of Life in People with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Study Says

In a recent UCLA study, patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis found Iyengar yoga to improve quality of life significantly. Read more

Can Yoga Reduce the Pain of Arthritis? Reviews of the Research are Promising

More than 46 million adults in the United States suffer from the stiff, inflamed joints, decreased joint function, and chronic pain of arthritis. Two new reviews of the research suggest that yoga may help to relieve some of the symptoms of this common, chronic and often debilitating disease. Read more