Yoga For Arthritis

Get Pain Relief in joints like knees, legs, hips, hands and back with Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is the inflammation of joints. The word arthritis is used for any disorder that affects the joints, tissues surrounding joints and connective tissues. Joints are the places where your bones connect such as your knees, hips, wrists, or fingers. Arthritis can affect one or more one joints. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and all have different causes and different treatments.  The main focus of the treatment of arthritis is to reduce the symptoms and enhance the quality of life.

The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  In Osteoarthritis the cartilage( hard and slippery tissue) gets breaks down. Cartilage covers the ends of bones where they form a joint.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that targets the lining of joints (synovium).

Arthritis usually affects people above 60 years of age but it can affect people of all ages.  It is more common in overweight people and women.

Causes of Arthritis

There are many factors that can cause arthritis in a person, there can be different causes for different types of arthritis. Some common causes of arthritis are:

  1. Injuries
  2. hereditary/Inheritance
  3. Infections
  4. Reduction in cartilage tissue.
  5. Abnormal immune system
  6. Weak metabolism
  7. Diet and nutrition can cause gout arthritis.

Risk Factors of Arthritis

  1. Gender- arthritis is more common in females.
  2. Age- older people are at more risk of arthritis than the younger generation.
  3. Overweight-  excess weight increases pressure on the knees which develops into arthritis.
  4. Occupation- jobs that require frequent movement of legs are linked with arthritis.
  5. Genes- people with certain genes are at more risk of arthritis.
  6. Smoking and high blood pressure have also been linked with arthritis in some studies.

Symptoms of Arthritis

Symptoms of arthritis develop gradually in a person but in some cases, sudden onset of symptoms can be observed. Most common symptoms of arthritis are:

  1. Pain in the joints
  2. Stiffness in the joints
  3. Decreases range of motion
  4. Tenderness
  5. Swelling of the affected joints and the surrounding area.
  6. Redness of the skin around the affected joint.
  7. Weakness
  8. Loss of appetite
  9. Decreased amount of red blood cells
  10. Weight loss
  11. Poor sleep
  12. Unable to use hands and legs more the movement.
  13. Muscle aches
  14. Muscle weakness
  15. Loss of flexibility
  16. Aching around the joints
  17. Fatigue

In some cases, the body becomes very stiff and doesn’t move an inch.  All the symptoms of arthritis disturb the normal life of a person to a large extent, in some cases, the social life of the patient completely disappears due to the pain and immobility. Early diagnosis and early treatment is the key to getting relief from arthritis.

Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga for Arthritis

Some common asanas or yoga for Arthritis which can be performed by Arthritis patients are:


  • During the treatment, all the yoga for arthritis will be performed with the help of props.
  • Patients will be treated by trained yoga teachers under the guidance of Yogacharya Rajveer Singh Chauhan.
  • The sequence and difficulty level of asanas may vary according to the condition of patients and their respective medical conditions.
  • Every person will be advised to perform yoga for arthritis based on their current health, age and their present capacity to perform asanas.
  • For Arthritis, there are a lot of asanas for different joints in the body. Here, mentioned some of the important ones for all joints.