Dr. Yang offers advice to US News and World Report on Practicing Yoga with Arthritis

This article originally printed on US News and World Report: https://health.usnews.com/wellness/fitness/articles/yoga-for-arthritis-can-help-alleviate-pain

Start small and work your way up. “In yoga, we utilize the joint in its full range of motion,” says Dr. Ingrid Yang, a yoga therapist with Saffron & Safe, a holistic health center in San Diego. (Yoga therapists undergo a minimum of 1,000 hours of training. The minimum training to become a yoga instructor is 200 hours.)

Yang recommends doing yoga poses that are non-weight-bearing progressing to partial weight-bearing and possibly to full weight-bearing. “This allows strengthening of the muscles, without increasing pain, and eventually building endurance and stability in the affected joints,” she says.