Combating Arthritis with Yoga


What is arthritis?  Well for starters, it’s not a solitary disease; it’s a term that actually encompasses a copious amount of medical conditions relating to the degeneration of the joints.  This degeneration is characterized by a list of familiar indicators:  pain, swelling, redness and a feeling of excessive warmth as well as loss of function in the afflicted joint.
Whether caused by the wearing away of the cartilage, a lack of fluid, autoimmunity (your body attacking itself), infection or a combination of many factors, both doctors and the Arthritis Foundation agree that activities such as yoga can help to maintain joint mobility and range of motion.
“Yoga keeps the muscles strong so they can support the joints”, says Anita Ahn, Director of the EarthMind Wellness Center at Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa.  “It also helps to balance out the levels of uric acid in the body; the root cause of gout, a complex form of arthritis.”
Ahn also suggested avoiding fried & processed foods, sugar, refined carbs and salt as all of these can trigger inflammation.
To find out which yoga class would be right for you, contact the EarthMind Wellness Center at (845) 210-3143 or visit them on the web at www.earthmindwellness.com.