Longstanding modern medical wisdom often prescribes rest for those suffering from arthritis; however, a new study published in the Journal of Rheumatology may challenge that approach. It suggests that gentle yoga may significantly improve both mental and physical wellbeing.
This randomized controlled trial studied 75 sedentary individuals who were prescribed 8 weeks of gentle yoga (3 hours per week), modified for individual needs. The results were dramatic, finding significant improvements in pain, general health, vitality, and mental health scales compared to a control group.
It is important to note that all types of yoga are not suitable for individuals with arthritis. Discuss your condition with your doctor or yoga teacher.