How Yoga Can Help With Arthritis

(upbeat music) – Hey guys, it’s Jackie, and today we’re
talking about something that a lot of people have tried. Yoga. But did you know that it’s
also great for arthritis? So I am here today with Karen,
who is a yoga instructor, and also my yoga
instructor, and Karen, you and I are always
talking about how yoga is so beneficial for so
many different conditions, and one of those is arthritis. – Yes, it’s so
good for arthritis. I know this firsthand, I
had arthritis in my hands, in my feet, related to
an autoimmune disease, and it’s something that
really helped loosen up, and I can begin to
walk without a limp. Motion is lotion for the joints, so the more we move
mindfully in our body, and we really are aware
of our boundaries, and once you start moving that synovial fluid
will loosen up. Synovial fluid’s the fluid
in the joint capsule, and when we start to move it, it kind of liquefies
it in a way, goes from being kind of dry to like more lubricating
for the joint, and then it’s easier to move. – And you see results
pretty quickly with yoga, for a whole variety of
things, but arthritis too. – When we start to practice
yoga, and breathe slowly, then all of a sudden
our blood vessels open, our everything kind of dilates, our digestive tract
starts to work, by slowing it down it helps
our body to transition from that fight or flight
to rest and digest, so you can really restore. – You have three different
moves you’re gonna show us, that’ll help specifically
with arthritis. – Yes. – Should we go try that? – Let’s do it!
– OK. (soothing music) – Well let’s start
with our hands today. So, let’s start with just– – It’s a common
place for arthritis. – Yeah, gentle movement here, And roll over onto our
hands and our knees. And, start by taking your thumbs and taking them to the outside, gradually start to
bring your hips back, and you’re gonna feel
your wrists stretch, and then gently start to bring
the heels of your hands up. – [Jackie] You
definitely feel that. – Now let’s go to our knees. – OK. – So– – And that’s a really
common place for arthritis. – It is.
– You hear about that a lot. – Especially osteoarthritis, and so it can hurt even to
put your knees onto a mat, so if that’s the case, get
a pillow, or fold your mat, you wanna be comfortable. Bring your right foot up, and then take your hands down, and bend and straighten
your knee a couple times. Slowly take your toes
and tuck each toe under. Yup, and then sit
your hips back, and then we’ll just do
the top of the feet. So take your feet flat,
then lift your knees. – OK, now I feel it. Your feet, you’re really
getting every part of your foot. The top, the toes. I feel much better
just from that, and I feel like the
takeaway really is, if you have arthritis,
give yoga a try, in addition to talking
to your doctors. – Absolutely. Yoga’s gonna help
with pain management, it’s gonna help with
flexibility and mobility, and it’s gonna give you
an overall sense of calm. – Yes, it certainly does. Thank you, Karen. And for more fitness tips
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