Yoga and Tai Chi for Psoriasis

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Yoga and Tai Chi


Yoga class doing warrior one poseYoga combines controlled breathing, stretching and strengthening exercises, and meditation to help control stress and improve blood flow to areas affected by psoriasis. Yoga can also enhance sleep and improve your mood. Yoga is recommended for people with psoriatic arthritis as it can help ease joint pain and improve range of motion. Instructors recommend practicing yoga poses at least 15 to 20 minutes a day. You can look for gentle or pain-focused yoga classes at hospitals, medical centers and YMCAs. If you are new to yoga, you may need to try more than one teacher and one class to find a good fit. Be sure to check with your physician, instructor or physical therapist before starting any new physical activity.

Find a practitioner

You can search for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, health professionals who use yoga in their practice, and yoga researchers worldwide at the International Association of Yoga Therapists website »

You can also contact NPF's Patient Navigation Center to help you find health professionals in your area who use yoga in their practice. Our Patient Navigators can help you find specialists, give you tips on how to incorporate yoga into our daily routine and support your journey to a healthy life with psoriatic disease. 

Tai Chi

Man doing Tai Chi by the seaLike yoga, Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art that can be effective in treating arthritis. Tai Chi has a little more movement than yoga and the breathing is a little less complicated. Tai Chi is recommended for people with arthritis because it emphasizes range of motion exercises that are important.

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