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Yoga in Rheumatoid Arthritis How?

Mr Jayaram, a 28 year-old unmarried young man was admitted to Prasanti Kutiram with marked pain and inflammation in multiple joints. A typical symmetrical distribution of small followed by bigger joints, exhaustion, general debility and weight loss was the picture of his Rheumatoid Arthritis. Blood tests showed a positive rheumatoid factor with high ESR of greater than 100mm in the first hour.

We had to work with very few physical practices, a lot of relaxation and Nadanusandhana. After the first week he started moving around in the wheel chair with an attendant. It took almost 6 weeks for him to build up his stamina, loosen the joints, reduce the inflammation and reduce his medication.



Sthiti: Dandasana


  • Bend both the knees, draw the legs along the ground, to bring the soles of the feet to press each other and the heels touch the perineum.

  • Completely relax the inner thigh muscles.

Stage - I (Clasping the feet with the hands)

  • Clasp the feet with the fingers.

  • Now gently bounce the knees up and down.

  • Try to touch the knees to the ground on the downward stroke with normal breathing.

  • Practice thirty to fifty up and down movements.

Stage - I I (Hands on the knees)

  • Place the hands on the knees.

  • Using the palms, gently push the knees down towards the ground, allowing them to spring up again.

  • Normal breathing.

  • Repeat twenty to thirty times.

  • Straighten the legs and relax.


  • Do not force the movements.

  • Try to keep the back, neck and head straight.

  • Also keep the trunk steady during the practice.

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