Spinal asymmetry resulting from scoliosis can create complications or confusion when practicing yoga. A yoga for scoliosis class helps students with scoliosis better understand their curve(s) and work with specific postures and the breath to develop body awareness, achieve spinal extension and length, and build core and back strength. This work can bring more symmetry and less pain in their bodies, both on and off the mat. Modifications and techniques will also be discussed as how to incorporate this work into a more general class setting.
Yoga for Scoliosis is appropriate for all levels and is appropriate for those with spinal fusions for scoliosis. (Provided they are at least 1 year post-surgery and have doctor’s approval). If it is your first time taking the class, please try to arrive 10-15 minutes early.
Yoga is part of my life, and I guess scoliosis is as well — although it’s somewhat tough to face and address… Your class was comfortable, welcoming and SAFE (emotionally).
Jen came to yoga several years ago with both intrigue and fear. At the age of 14, she went through spinal fusion surgery to halt the progression of scoliosis. With a fused spine, she wasn’t sure yoga would be right for her body. But in physical pain (and more than a little frazzled) from chasing and lifting her two young boys, she knew she needed to do something to help herself.
She immediately fell in love not only with the physical benefits of yoga, but also the mental ones. She realized that yoga was nothing to fear. To the contrary, yoga was the perfect way to understand her spine — not only the eight fused vertebrae but also the underlying scoliosis. Jen received her 200 hour teacher training certification at Yoga Haven in Westchester, NY. She continues to take workshops at Yoga Union in NYC under the direction of Alison West and at Samamkaya Yoga Back Care and Scoliosis Collective. In 2016, she completed Part 1 of Elise Browning Miller’s Yoga for Scoliosis training. She is grateful to share her passion and knowledge with others.