Arthritis is a rheumatic condition that leads to pain, aching, stiffness and swelling in and around joints.
It could be triggered due to factors such as genes, injury, infection(s) and immune system dysfunction.
Although the condition is more common among adults aged 65 years or more, it can affect people of all ages.
Here are five Yoga poses to get relief from arthritis.
To perform the Setu Bandha Sarvangasana or Bridge pose, lie down on your back, with your arms next to your body, palms facing down.
Bend your knees and and place your feet on floor.
Now, taking support of your shoulders, arms and feet, lift your back off the floor.
Keep breathing slowly and deeply.
Maintain the pose for one minute. Relax, then repeat.
#2: Cobra pose
To perform the Cobra pose, lie down on your stomach (use a yoga mat), with your hands under your shoulders. Now, press down with your hands, and lift your upper body back. Hold the pose for five breaths. Relax, then repeat.
Apart from being a great Yoga pose for relaxation, the Balasana or Child’s pose can help you get relief from symptoms of arthritis.
To perform this pose, kneel on all fours, and relax your buttocks on your heels. Reach your arms out, with your head resting down on the mat/floor.
Hold the position for a few seconds. Relax, then repeat.
Seated Spinal Twist
Sit upright with your legs extended in front of you.
Bend your right knee, then cross your right leg over and place your foot next to your left thigh.
Then bend your left knee and position your left ankle next to your right glute.
Gently twist your body to the right.
Slowly inhale and exhale.
Relax, then repeat on the other side.
#5: Cat-cow pose
Start by getting on all fours. Next, using your hands and knees (grounded into mat), inhale and round up your back (cat), then exhale and arch your back (cow). Repeat this a couple of times. Perform regularly for relief from joint pain. Stay healthy!