If you have Lyme disease, practising yoga can help you ease some of your symptoms. Studies show that mindful meditation and yoga can significantly help to reduce pain as well as increase the ability to deal with uncomfortable sensations. However, like any form of exercise, if you have Lyme disease, it’s especially essential to practise yoga that keeps your symptoms and unique needs in mind.
Here are 4 best yoga poses for Lyme disease that have been reported to relieve physical symptoms of the illness like inflammation, pain, and stiffness.
1. Bridge pose for Lyme disease
Bridge pose will strengthen and energize your body whilst stimulating the nervous and endocrine system.
Lie on your back with your feet on the floor and knees bent. Extend the arms along the floor and the palms flat. Ground your feet into the floor and lift up your hips, then lower back, middle back, and upper back. Keep your neck neutral and be sure not to look from side to side! If necessary, you can place a block under the hips and a cushion under the shoulders to relieve strain on your body.
Stay here for five breaths and then, on the exhale, slowly lower the spine back onto the floor.
2. Modified Lotus Pose
Lotus pose will open your ankles, knees, and hips as well as stretch the hip flexors, increasing mobility and relieving stiffness.
This modified version of lotus pose is similar to a cross-legged seated position, and that is a great alternative if sitting in half lotus is uncomfortable! Bring one leg into your groin area, and place the other on an angle outside of the first like in the photo above. Breathe deeply in this pose for a few minutes, and then switch the position of the legs and do the same on the opposite side.
3. Staff pose
This pose gently strengthens the hip flexors and core muscles whilst relieving stiffness in the legs.
Sit flat on the floor or bed with your legs extended in front of you and you're spine long. Place your hands just behind your hips to help you sit up tall, and leave your toes in a "flointed" position (half flexed half pointed). If you feel a stretch in the back of the legs, stay here. If you'd like a deeper stretch, slowly walk your legs forward and stay for 5-7 breaths.
4. Savasna yoga poses for Lyme disease
Savasana opens the abdomen, heart, and throat and can lead to deep relaxation.
Lie down on your back, letting the feet fall out to either side and resting your arms by your side with the palms facing up. If you like, place a pillow under your knees and roll a blanket under your neck for extra comfort!
These yoga poses for Lyme disease will help to get your blood flowing and help you get into a relaxed and meditative state to manage your symptoms. Yoga can help reduce pain and increase energy with regular practice!
As always, when practising from home your body is your best teacher. If any pose causes you pain or uncomfortableness, come out of the pose slowly and take rest.