How It Helps
This type of exercise is flexible — literally. “Yoga can be modified in many different ways to help protect your joints and [be] adapted to the specific needs of most individuals,” Bartlett says
So if you have problems with your wrists, you can make adjustments to protect them. And on those days when your body tells you to pull back a little, yoga lets you do that.
It’s also been shown to boost energy, build positive feelings, and ease anxiety. For people who have an ongoing illness, particularly one that’s painful and unpredictable, the mood-boosting impact of yoga is a great bonus. “It really helps with increased stress that goes hand-in-hand with living with a chronic disease,” Bartlett says.
“We know that stress worsens RA symptoms and even the disease itself. So it’s important to manage stress effectively and to listen to your body,” she says. “When you practice yoga, you learn to listen to and respect your body as it is today, here and now. You learn to focus on yourself and on calming and quieting your body. By doing yoga, you’re learning how to relax and let go of muscle tension.”
Source: WebMD Feature Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on June 26, 2013