Q: I know someone who was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis at age 19 (he is now near 30) and it has been progressing more quickly recently ~ I think it may also be aggravated by his job which is mostly at a computer. Is anything specific he can do, or any research showing yoga benefits for Ankylosing Spondylitis ?
Research shows movement can be helpful for Ankylosing Spondylitis but high impact movement is not recommended. Gentle yoga to lubricate the joints, calm the nervous system, reduce cortisol and inflammation would be very helpful. The daily 3 on the back world be great. The rib cage can get tight and effect breathing. Lateral stretches and pranayama would be very helpful.
Knowledge of sutras on suffering very helpful. Connecting with Self, surrendering, controlling the thought waves, acceptance, a road map for flowing through life minimizing the suffering and optimizing your experience of the journey.
Yoga takes the whole being into consideration. Ankylosing Spondylitis (and all life experiences) effects all the kosas. Therefore a practice that addresses all the kosas is most helpful. Pranayama and meditation very important for controlling pain. Controlling thought waves important for reducing suffering.
Hope this is helpful
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