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Arthritis Survivors Benefit from Yoga

Physical activity is an essential part of the effective treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to treatment guidelines published by the American College of Rheumatology.  John Hopkins Arthritis Center has published a study of the benefits yoga on reducing the symptoms of arthritis.  There have been over a dozen scientific studies have been conducted on people with arthritis. There have been promising results with some improvement in joint health, physical functioning, and mental/emotional well-being

Yoga has been proven to have an important positive effect on quality of life. People with arthritis may also enjoy yoga more than traditional forms of exercise, and exercise enjoyment is an important predictor of adherence. This is particularly important considering that, on average, 50% of sedentary individuals will drop out of exercise within 6 months. It is important to consult your doctor before trying something you have never attempted. It is important to go to a reputable instructor or studio. John Hopkins has great information on the benefits of yoga. It can be found at:

www.hopkinsarthritis.org/patient-corner/disease-management/yoga-for-arthritis

Yoga can always be practiced at home after you have learned the correct form for the poses. There are wonderful self practice videos and websites for home practice. View these yoga classes on your tablet so you can easily follow them. The Pad Go Round with a tripod attached can be placed at the end of your mat at just the right level. Visit us at www.padogoround.com to purchase them. Namaste!

 Yoga for all ages!