Studies show yoga, an exercise program that combines stretching and deep breathing, reduces osteoarthritis pain and increases physical function. However, sore, stiff joints may make it more difficult for you to do certain yoga poses.
If you feel pain while exercising, stop to avoid further injury to your joints. Before taking a yoga class discuss your concerns with the instructor and see if there is a class that may be more appropriate for someone with osteoarthritis. Or, consult a physical therapist, who can help design an exercise program that’s safe for you and teaches you how to exercise correctly.