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 affect 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.
Chair Yoga Fitness and Chair Yoga for Arthritis & Chronic Pain use the tools of yoga to improve the health and well-being of individuals living with chronic pain, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Based on a practices developed at a leading research university by an interdisciplinary team of medical and health professionals, each 60-minute class focuses on conscious, gentle movements guided by the breath. Emphasis is placed on improving joint mobility as well as balance and posture. Poses are taught both seated and standing, using chairs for support. In this class, students are encouraged to utilize props (such as bolsters, blocks and blankets) to tailor the poses to their individual needs.
Both classes are appropriate for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.