Yoga Steps And Tips To Ease Joint Pain For Beginners

By Patricia | December 16, 2008
Yoga To Ease Joint Pain

Well, yoga generally cures joint pains instead of causing them. Yoga is supposed to be a good exercise for all the muscles of the body as well as for the mind. It can be done by people of all age groups – young people, children, senior citizens and people with certain ailments. But before you sign up for a class, you need to speak with the yoga teacher and discuss your fitness level, age and if you have any health problems. People with joint pain get a lot of relief after doing yoga – the stretching exercises improve the blood circulation and flushes out the toxins. If your joints are paining after a session of yoga, then it’s likely that:

You already have joint pain and doing yoga for the first time has increased the pain. If this is the reason, then you need to keep doing yoga as the pain will subside after a few sessions. You also need to opt for gentle forms of yoga like Hatha yoga, which will stretch and strengthen your muscles and lubricate your joints.

If you don’t already have joint pain problems, then it’s likely that you may have begun your session without warming up properly. Doing yoga with cold muscles can cause muscle pulls and pain, just like while doing any other exercise. You also need to stretch during the warming up.

Also, sometime some of the yoga asanas can be difficult in the beginning and so you may feel stiff or get a pull in your muscles or joints after your yoga session. If this is the case, we recommend that you take your initial sessions a bit slowly. Just do postures you’re comfortable with and as you become more confident and comfortable with yoga, try the more complicated asanas.

Also, are you doing yoga under the guidance of a qualified yoga teacher or are you learning yoga on your own with books and DVDs? It’s possible that you’re doing a few postures in an incorrect manner, which is causing the joint pain. It’s very important to learn yoga from a qualified person before attempting it on your own. Muscle pain, pulls and injuries can happen if you don’t do your postures in a correct manner

If you still feel that yoga is doing you more harm than good, you can think of doing Pilate before you move over to yoga. Pilate will strengthen and stretch your core muscles. Pilate also has more neutral postures than yoga and this might help you get used to the exercise form.

Well, we also recommend you speak to a yoga teacher and discuss your joint pain problems with him/her.

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