Yoga for a curvy spine
Yoga for Scoliosis classes are a non-invasive option for addressing the needs of a curved spine with scoliosis. Utilizing yoga postures and breathing techniques, props and modifications, added to the classic yoga poses, Yoga for Scoliosis offers a therapeutic approach to yoga.
All new students must meet privately with Nancy prior to attending a scoliosis class for a spine assessment to map your personal scoliosis pattern.
Yoga for Scoliosis is a method that develops...
Alignment of Your Posture
Learn how to find your plumb line, straighten your curves and re-align your joints appropriately for your body and your curves. Standing, back bending, forward bending, twists, inversions, and restorative poses help the body align in all positions. Counter pose the curvature by adjusting yoga poses with props and specific cues for your pattern, to re-align your spine.
You will learn to breathe softly, slowly, deeply and fully in and out through the nose and breathe deeply into the concave, collapsed area of the body, releasing tightness and softening pain. Breathing practices, pranayama, helps to calm the nervous system, and to bring more awareness into the imbalances in the ribcage and diaphragm.
Correction Through Repetition
You will learn through repetition how to break the conditioned curvy habits that scoliosis has formed in your body. Practicing yoga poses with specific cueing for your curve pattern will build new habits, counter pose the imbalances, and introduce new practices of proper alignment and balance. Developing a home practice will give you more time to practice correction which helps keep progression at bay, and alleviates pain.
The first step is to learn about your curves and how they affect your body, mind, and breath. YFS teaches you to become aware of your body from the toes to the crown of your head. Spine Assessments can be scheduled with Nancy to better understand your curve.
Learn to build strength where there is weakness, specifically in the feet, legs, abdominals, spinal muscles, diaphragm, and throughout the body. Balance of strength between the two sides of the body leads to reduction of the curvature. Strong balanced muscles can help move and support the bones.
Elongation of the Spine
Learn how to make your spine taller when standing and sitting, and longer when laying down. Elongation of the spine helps to reduce curvature. When you turn upside down in an inversion, you will learn how to use gravity in a new way. As you hang, the spine will lengthen without effort and release tension in muscles, while increasing space between vertebrae.
You will learn to appropriately twist and de-rotate the spine to counter scoliosis rotation and curvature of the spine.