Can Yoga help arthritis?
I would answer absolutely yes. As we are mostly all living longer the incidence of arthritis is increasing. Hip and knee replacements being almost the norm these days. The worse thing about arthritis is the PAIN. Medication can relieve but at the same time long term use is rarely good for general health.
My own story goes way back to an early diagnosis of osteoarthritis at the age of 45. Not good news for one who loves sport and whose job was based on all kinds of sports. After struggling with various remedies and painkillers I decided to begin my own Yoga practice.
Finding a good knowledgeable and approachable teacher is very important. Also following your own practice gleaned from video and u tube is really a good start. There is plenty of material available. But essential is to refer back to class as it is very easy to slip in to the wrong practice. Particularly when compensating for pain, which in many cases mis-aligns posture and puts too much pressure on other parts of the body. Which in turn can cause problems. Weekly class and your own practice will be a great start.
Your yoga practice will strengthen and stretch your core muscles and the muscles surrounding the damaged joints. There is no easy way and in all cases you will look to strengthen muscles that will have been used less and therefore weakened. Increasing blood flow to the muscles and joints will relieve pain and increase flexibility.
In this way you may extend the life of your joints and hopefully avoid major surgery.
Good luck with your Yoga practice and well being. An added bonus of your Yoga practice will be the calm and focus it brings to your life. Quiet time to bring yourself to the moment and leave the world behind.