Yoga and rheumatoid arthritis: Which postures help and do not put pressure on the joints?
Our experts show simple actions that help people with rheumatoid arthritis prevent their joints from getting tired.
Whether you are doing yoga with a teacher or alone at home, if you have rheumatoid arthritis, you will certainly have the impression that certain postures do you no good, that they risk putting you under pressure, instead of helping you. You can put a lot of pressure on your hands or buttocks so that they bother your joints even more. But you don’t have to give up.
How can we adjust yoga postures if we have rheumatoid arthritis?
The truth is that certain exercises are best avoided in these cases. Doing a headstand, for example, will put pressure on your wrists and fingers. But our experts show Simple adaptive movements that help people with rheumatoid arthritis relieve joint stress and enjoy yoga.
Bottom dog (hands on bricks)
Basically in this position, we must form with our body the letter V. To avoid putting pressure on our fingers, we can place an object under our hands. This way we redistribute our weight towards the palms and away from the fingers.
The sail (with folded cover)
The biggest problem with this pose is the pressure we can put on our neck by lifting our waist and legs into the air. To avoid this problem, we can place a small blanket or a folded towel under the neck.
The Sail (with folded blanket and brick)
In another variant, the legs are not raised in the same way in the air. We hold the blanket under our neck and place a brick nearby, lying on our backs. Instead of raising our legs, we bend our knees and keep our feet on the ground. Lift the buttocks and slide a brick under the sacrum. Holding our weight on the brick, we raise our legs.
Spinal gyrus (rotating area with brick)
In this classic yoga pose, we keep our backs and shoulders flat on the floor, arms straight, as we bring our legs to one side and then the other while twisting. To protect your knees and hips, bend your knees and do not straighten your legs in this position. Also, lay a brick between them.