Yoga for Scoliosis

Discover the benefits of Yoga for scoliosis and how it can improve posture, elongate the spine, and develop tissues. As experienced Alignment Yoga teachers, we focus on strengthening the legs to support the spine, lengthening the spine, and stretching tight muscles while strengthening weak ones. Our practice also aims to de-rotate the spine and ribs, creating balance and harmony in the body.

Understanding Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine, commonly affecting girls in their early teens. While the exact cause is often unknown, this condition is known as Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Early detection allows for non-invasive treatments like braces to halt the progression of scoliosis. Yoga, as a form of physical activity, can be recommended by doctors to manage challenges and pain associated with scoliosis.

The Impact of Scoliosis

As the curves grow with a child’s height, body asymmetry may occur, leading to low self-esteem. Severe cases with a curve magnitude of over 50 degrees can result in headaches, back pain, fatigue, joint pain, digestive trouble, and breathing difficulties.

How Yoga Benefits Scoliosis

Yoga postures combined with breath awareness can promote structural alignment, creating a more symmetrical posture. By stretching tightened muscles and strengthening weak ones, the body achieves a more effortless posture, utilizing bone structure instead of overworking muscles. Through Yoga, the body can find a balance point to coexist with gravity and activate its natural plumb line.

Benefits of Yoga for Scoliosis
  1. Increased Flexibility: Improve mobility of the thoracic spine and prevent further compression and pain by increasing flexibility on the concave side of the spine.
  2. Decreased Pain and Stiffness: Relieve pressure on vertebrae and surrounding tissues by reducing compression, resulting in less pain.
  3. Strengthen Core and Spinal Muscles: Strengthen muscles on the convex side to better support the spine and prevent deterioration.
  4. Improved Oxygen and Blood Flow: Redirect blood flow to compressed areas of the body through mindful breathwork in Yoga poses.
  5. Improved Spinal Position: Yoga exercises can help realign the body and build muscles to maintain the correct spinal position.
Yoga Poses for Scoliosis

In Yoga as a therapy for scoliosis, poses are held longer to allow adjustments for individual scoliosis conditions. Discover the transformative power of Yoga for scoliosis and experience improved posture, reduced pain, and increased overall well-being. Join our classes to embark on a journey of alignment and healing.

Yoga Poses for Scoliosis: Correcting the Curve with Mindful Practice

Before beginning your yoga practice, gain a clear understanding of the scoliotic curve’s direction from behind and the rotation involved. This knowledge will guide you in performing poses that help correct the curve effectively.

Yoga, as a therapeutic approach for scoliosis, relies on mind, breath, and body awareness. Emphasize yoga breathing while practicing simple poses to direct breath into the compressed areas, where breathing is compromised.

Hold poses for approximately 90 seconds to accommodate adjustments for your scoliosis. For faster progress, aim to practice six times a week.

Explore these beneficial yoga poses for scoliosis:
  1. Majariasana – Cat-Cow Pose: Stretch and improve spinal flexibility by arching and curling the spine. Engage core muscles during the pose.
  2. Thread the Needle Pose: Encourages elongation while providing better rib cage awareness through gentle twists.
  3. Alternate Leg and Arm Lift: Strengthens core and back muscles while aligning the pelvis.
  4. Adho Mukha Virasana – Child Pose: Calms the nervous system and relaxes the spine, beneficial for scoliosis due to neuromuscular disorders.
  5. Adho Mukha Svanasana with Ropes: Lengthens the spine, strengthens arms and legs, and brings balance to the shoulders and pelvis.
  6. Trikonasana with Support: Helps align the pelvis, strengthen legs, and lengthen the sides of the body.
  7. Ardha Uttanasana with Support: Lengthens the spine, rectifying spinal misalignment, and providing grounding for the foot.
  8. Virabhadrasana 2 with Support: Strengthens leg and core muscles, promoting stability and better posture.
  9. Utkatasana with Support: Helps the spine lengthen due to bent knees and supported back.
  10. Bharadvajasana on Chair: De-rotates the twist in a scoliotic spine through the spinal twist in a chair.
  11. Salabhasana with Support: Increases flexibility and strengthens the entire back, alleviating lower back pain.
  12. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana: Stretches and strengthens the spine and back muscles, reducing anxiety and stress.
  13. Anantasana: Balancing pose that lengthens the concave side of the spine and torso while toning and strengthening legs and core muscles.
  14. Savasana: Relaxation pose that rejuvenates the body.
Tips for Getting Started:
  • Seek Private Instruction: Private sessions help identify the scoliotic curve and provide personalized therapeutic exercises and modifications for public classes.
  • Practice Daily: Consistent home practice creates a deeper imprint of learned techniques and promotes body symmetry.
  • Stay Consistent & Committed: Regular yoga practice is vital for caring and maintaining your scoliosis throughout your life.

Enhance your well-being with yoga and discover its transformative effects on scoliosis. Join us for a mindful yoga journey to correct the curve and achieve balance and harmony in your body.