Yoga for Joint Release is an anti-arthritic joint release series — a set series of poses where we move one by one through each joint in the body, moving them in as many directions as possible.

As we increase awareness of our joints and improve the mobility through our joints, we prevent and reduce pain and inflammation, decrease the risk of illness and injury, improve our overall health and wellness, and learn how to keep our joints happy & healthy for many years to come.

I teach this 6-week series twice a year because I so firmly believe in it’s effectiveness. My connection began in 2008 when one of my teachers, Rae Minten, taught this series to me as we practiced together weekly in my living room. I have a strong history of arthritis in my family, and even in my 20’s my joints were stiff and crackly and cranky, sometimes inflamed, and basically just difficult to move. I noticed that as we practiced, my joints began to feel more free and I began to move with much more ease and mobility. I also felt more energetically alive, my breath was more present and full, and my joints felt lubricated and loved!

The general structure of the class is as follows:
1. Open and release body and mind with a gentle warm-up —- I designed these warm-up poses to relax and strengthen the muscles, so that we may move our joints with more ease throughout the rest of class.
2. Practice a set series of joint-release poses to enhance joint health & mobility —- This is the joint series described above - it takes about 20-30 minutes.
3. Learn relaxation, massage, and myofascial release techniques to relieve muscular stiffness —- I added this component to the class because I believe massage is a powerful force to reduce muscular stiffness and inflammation, and improve circulation and blood flow.

Are you a believer yet? Join me and see for yourself… Yoga for Joint Release is a 6-week series offered 2-3 times per year at Unfold Portland. See next offering here: http://www.carolgrimesyoga.org/special-events/

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