Benefits of Yoga for Easing Joint Pain

Yoga is beneficial to many different aspects of your health and joint pain is no exception to this. Whether you're looking for a natural alternative to remedying your joint pain or looking to wake up feeling more refreshed, yoga is an easy answer to your problems. Yoga can be intimidating to some people, however, with easy beginner poses and simple routines in the morning, you can start your path to joint pain relief in no time.

Joint pain is often worsened by lack of physical exercise and essential nutrients, so a healthy diet is an important part of any attempt to relieve joint pains, whether it's a chronic issue or an occasional ache. Yoga can help train and strengthen stiff joints so they don't have to strain as much with daily activities.

Benefits of Yoga For Joint Pain

Yoga has a few different benefits when it comes to relieving joint pain. Not only do your muscles get a great start to the morning by stretching and allowing more blood flow throughout the body, yoga also greatly reduces overall stress and fatigue.

In most cases, yoga will take a few weeks until you start seeing appreciable results. Most people report that their yoga benefits mostly appear in a time-frame of 80-90 days from the time they start. This is with consistent practice in either the morning or late in the evening with self-guided practice.

  • Health

Yoga is great for any level of flexibility, weight, and health. There are a variety of poses that exist already, easily separated into beginner, intermediate, and expert levels. Anybody can do yoga, it's just a matter of stretching your muscles and doing what feels good for you. Don't feel like you have to do yoga on the floor or buy an expensive mat. You can do yoga with pillows for support or lay down several blankets to provide cushioning. Doing yoga on a bed or sofa is not recommended as your body won't have a flat foundation, and this may result in injury. 

  • Exercise

Yoga is wonderful at keeping your body in shape. Once you move onto more advanced poses, you will begin to use more muscle during your routine, often by holding your body in different positions for a few minutes at a time. People often refer to this as a 'yoga body' once your body develops a certain amount of tone.

  • Joint Pain Relief

Yoga helps keep joint pain away by stretching and strengthening the muscles around your joints. Without proper strength development of the muscles around your joints, joint pain can worsen, which is why many people choose yoga to develop those muscles.

Yoga helps reduce two kinds of tension: emotional and physical. From emotional stresses and unease to physical aches and pains, yoga helps tone your body to deal with the issues.

Yoga Poses

If you're interested in learning yoga, there are several resources available online that will teach you beginner poses. Below, we cover a few simple yoga poses that you can do while your morning coffee brews.

It's important to note in any yoga routine, if a pose is too strenuous on your joints or body, you can modify the pose or use pillows and blankets for cushioning. Pushing your legs to stretch just a little bit further is far different from actually hurting yourself.

  • Standing Forward Fold
  • Downward-Facing Dog
  • Low Lunge
  • Bow Pose

Standing Forward Fold:

This is similar to a pose from Sun Salutation A. Stand with your feet together and bend your knees slightly. Fold your torso over your knees, taking care not to round your back. Move from the hips, not your lower back. Place your hands next to your feet, palms down. Breathing deeply, press both of your legs straight while lifting your kneecaps and gently spiraling your upper, inner thighs back. Do not hyper-extend your legs. Draw your shoulders back and hold the pose for 10 to 20 breaths.

The Downward-Facing Dog:
Sit on your knees with your hands outstretched, palms down. Stretching your arms above your head, your fingers should point forwards.
Lift your knees off of the mat so your feet are touching the floor, and your pelvis points upwards. Your body should form an “A”.
Relax your back and stretch your elbows out and your pelvis towards the ceiling. Hold this pose for 5 to 20 deep breaths before relaxing and moving onto the Low Lunge.

Low Lunge:
From Downward-Facing Dog, step your right foot forward between your hands. Lower your left knee to the mat and slide it backward until your feel a comfortable stretch in your upper thigh.

Turn the top of your left foot to the floor. Inhale, lifting your torso upright. Sweep your arms to your sides and up to the ceiling, and your tailbone down to the ground. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths and switch legs.

Bow Pose:
This is a slightly more advanced move, so feel free to only approach it when you are ready.
Lay down on your stomach and keep your feet hip-width apart with your arms at your side. Fold your knees underneath you, holding your ankles.
Take a deep breath and lift your chest off of the ground, pulling your legs up and backward.

Keep this pose as stable as possible and hold for 5 to 10 breaths, relaxing into the pose. Bring your legs and chest back to the ground and stand up.