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Yoga for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): Clinician Experiences and Qualitative Perspectives from Students and Yoga Instructors Living with SLE

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease associated with widespread inflammation and tissue damage. It is more common and severe among Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians; with higher incidence in women. While the goals of medical treatment are to prevent flares and reduce organ damage, up to 50% of patients perceive their health to be suboptimal with unaddressed needs including fatigue and pain. Recent SLE treatment guidelines focus on improving quality of life. Yoga has shown improvements in quality-of-life and fatigue in various diagnoses. While there is growing evidence that yoga therapy may help osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, there is only one reference in the literature related to SLE. Read more here.