Got arthritis? Get moving! (Part 2)

In my last post, I listed a few reasons to move if you have arthritis:
 

Movement

  • increases circulation which can help decrease inflammation
  • improves range of motion
  • strengthens muscles
  • improves one’s feeling of well-being

I offered a short, gentle practice that could be useful for the upper body. Now I’d like to give you some poses that can help with arthritis pain in the feet, ankles, and knees. Next time, on to the hips and low back!

Remember that movement should be gentle – don’t push it. Let the breath move you. And STOP before it becomes painful.If you have arthritis and are interested in attending a yoga-for-arthritis class, let me know! If I have enough interest, I’ll start one. In the meantime, any of my classes at WESTMED or at the Irvington Presbyterian Church would be appropriate: the classes are small and I tailor each class to whatever the participants want and need.

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