Yoga for Arthritis: Ease Pain, Find Possibility

Kathryn Boland, R-CYT, R-DMT
mature woman with short gray hair doing sun salutation Arms Overhead Pose or Urdhva Hastasana

Arthritis is no fun and no joke. Pain, loss of function and range of motion, and sensitivity to touch are just part of the equation. We may also experience frustration and sadness at physical discomfort and that certain activities we used to enjoy become more challenging or even no longer possible. Can yoga for arthritis, as a complementary treatment, bring a sense of ease?

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