The CDC reported in 2016 that approximately 20% of U.S. adults live with chronic pain due to injury or diseases such as arthritis. Arthritis affects people of all ages and is the leading cause of disability in America. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), fibromyalgia and gout.
Movement can be very painful for people living with arthritis due to swelling, stiffness and joint pain. All of these effect an individual’s rage of motion and ability to engage in the activities of daily living. And yet, doctors and rheumatologists recommend movement as part of a plan for managing pain and arthritis.
Yoga for Arthritis & Chronic Pain classes use the tools of yoga to improve the health and well-being of people living with arthritis. Developed at a leading research university by an interdisciplinary team of medical and health professionals, each 60-minute class focuses on conscious, gentle movement of the joints using the breath. Poses are taught either seated or standing using chairs for support. Students are encouraged to utilize props such as bolsters, blocks and blankets to tailor the poses to his or her needs.
No previous yoga experience required.