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Aging Arthritis and Stress?

Osteo arthritis, is a natural aging process just like the skin becoming wrinkly, hair turning grey, teeth becoming loose, or the arteries becoming hard. In the modern life style we see many of these aging processes hastening up leading to early graying or baldness or early atherosclerosis with coronary artery disease leading to heart attacks in very young persons etc. Similarly the joints also show early aging changes.

A stressful life style alters the internal environment for gene expression and the program in the gene that decides the rate of aging gets disturbed. Hence a rapid aging process due to stress is due to altered rate of cell destruction and regeneration.



Sthiti: Dandasana


  • Lift up the right thigh.

  • Bring the right knee to 90°

  • Support the thigh with interlocked hands.

  • Keep the right leg parallel to the ground.

  • Now, rotate the right lower leg around the knee joint five times clockwise and five times anti-clockwise.

  • Practice with normal breathing.

  • Bring back the right leg down on the floor.

  • Now repeat the same with the left leg.


  • While rotating allow the leg below the knee to hang freely

  • You can do this, even sitting in a chair or at the edge of a cot.

  • With this practice of Knee rotation, there is no risk of injuring the knee joint.

This article has been written by Dr. R. Nagarathna, Dean, Division of Yoga & Life-sciences, SVYASA
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