Wed, 06/10/2020 - 11:41 #1
Manisha Sharma
Manisha Sharma


I am really glad to have this platform for yoga people to gather information related to different topics of yoga. I really appreciate the information shared on this forum. I have 2 questions.

I would like to know

1. what yoga asana is best to get rid of stiffness and pain due to rheumatoid arthritis?

2. What kind of diet can help in managing and healing inflammation of joints? 

Hi Manisha, Thanks for your appreciation. We are very happy to share this Platform with all. 
Here is a list of asanas which was prescribed in Iyengar Yoga Programme for 6 weeks for 1.5 hours each day for 3 to 5 days a week for RA in the studies they did in 2009. Of Course it's recommended to practice these poses in the presence of a senior teacher, if not then you must be able to adapt the positions according to your body/mind state. Hold the poses as long as comfortable for you, Please use the support of the props as much as you can so you hold the poses for longer comfortably. 


Supported Savasana

Corpse posture

Supta Baddhakonasana

Reclining bound angle pose

Seated posture

Upavista Konasana

Seated angle pose

Seated twist


Torso twist


Rope Sirsana

Rope headstand

Salamba Sarvangasana

Chair shoulder stand


Viparita Dandasana

Inverted staff posture on two chair

Setubandha Sarvangasana

Full bridge posture supported by bench or table

Forward bend

Adhomukha Svanasana

Downward dog at the wall, ropes hands on a chair

Standing postures

Utthita Tikonasana

Triangle posture

Tadasana Urdhva Baddha Hastasana

Mountain posture with bound hands


Before starting to Practice and studying these poses, it's recommended to practice regular slow controlled joint rotations for all the joints. This is every day and it only takes 10/15 mins. 


There is no one food that helps everyone with RA, But some people find that eating foods and vegetables that reduce inflammation can help ease their joint pain. You'll need to experiment to see which, if any, foods work for you. Here are a few suggestions to try 

To consume - Fish, Turmeric, Ginger, Chuna (same that we have in Paan), Parsley.Spinach, All fruits, All kinds of organic oils, Green tea. 

To avoid - Processed food, Fried food, Sugars, Refined carbohydrates, cheese and high fat diary, alcohol. 

Best of all medications is Meditation/Mindfulness. 

Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any more questions

Sending much love & light for you :)

Mitra - Prashant 



Hello guys, I am a newcomer.

And really happy to become part of the yoga platform.

Dr Abhay
Dr Abhay
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a progressive autoimmune disease that initially causes signs and symptoms like joint pain and swelling in the feet and hands. Chronic inflammation of RA can cause permanent joint destruction and deformity. Periods of disease flares and remissions of characterize RA. 
According to the CVR ITI the treatment varies. If many joints are inflamed then we have to give a gentle extension to individual joints for example if you have arthritis of knees and lot of pain in the knees, we have to give a kind of pull upside in Viprita Karani. Also, we can continue the same kind of action of separation in Supta Padangusthasana, Halasana, Sirsasana, Bhakasana.
According to the severity, treatment varies. If the joints are very delicate then a guided practice under Iyengar Yoga Teachers is advisable.
Regarding diet, you have to go through the test for allergy due to various of food ingredients. Avoid cold temperatures or conditions.  
In inflammatory conditions, doctor do advise many medicines, painkillers.. but being a doctor and yoga teacher I insist you to go through yoga poses with an experienced yoga teacher who is working on patients.
Dr. Abhay Keste
Shrikant Yoga Centre, 
Belgaum, Karnataka

Hi mam,

Rheumatoid arthritis is a situation where u news mild exercise which we call @home which are very mild and gives no pressure or extra pain. Even sukshma vyayam would help.

Talking about nutrition, i would liek to suggest you to avoid foods like lemon and too mich of starchy foods.


Jeremy Cole
Jeremy Cole

I cant help you with your first question because Im a bI'minner myself but I can help you with your diet because my sister is a nutritionist and I've picked up many diet habits from her. Rheumatoid arthritis can be managed if you stop eating inflammatory foods like desserts, soda, alcohol and s,picy foods. Fast foods are also known to cause inflammation which is something you want to absolutely stay away from. You can also take some supplements that help reduce inflammation. The most natural out of these supplements ill mention is honey. Its also really easy to incorporate in diet because you can eat it by itself or spread it on toast or even drink it with your tea or milk. Another inflammation reducing supplement is grape seed extract. It is specifically helpful for arthritis because of its anti inflammation and pain reducing properties. Its available in the form of capsules that are called OPC capsules. Ill link to a page that you can get them from Its a helpful website because it also has useful info about the supplements that they're selling. 

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