Yoga for Aching knees

Yoga can be very effective, when used for treatment and prevention of ageing arthritis. The word ‘arth’ means joint, and ‘itis’ means inflamed.

Regular practice of yoga asanas, offer healthy and smooth movement of the joints. It prevents the wear and tear process at an early stage. It also helps in maintaining weight and hormonal imbalance.

By performing light weight exercises, one can see the following improvements in the body:

  • Increases the movement of stiff joints
  • Strengthens the joints.
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Prevents further aging process.
  • The breathing exercises in asanas and pranayama increases the oxygen supply to the body

The pain, deformities and inflammation caused by the damaged joint, makes the surrounding muscles weak. The regular practice of yoga strengthens the muscles and supports in improving the damages joints,

Half Butterfly: Sit straight with legs stretched out, bend the right leg placing the right foot near the left knee. Now hold the toes of the right foot with left hand, and with a little help from the right hand, keep moving the knee up and down for ten – fifteen time. Get back to the original position and repeat the same exercise with the other leg.
During the process inhale while bringing the knee up and exhale while getting the knee down.

Full Butterfly: Bend both knees and bring the soles of the feet together. Clasp the feet with both hands and gently move the knees up and down. Try and touch the knees to the ground with normal breathing.

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