Yoga for Scoliosis

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 for Scoliosis meets once a month in Scarsdale.
Upcoming Dates:
January 7
January 28
March 4
April 8

Student Feedback:

 

 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).
Teachers:
Jen Krakowsky

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.

Margaret Duggan
When Margaret started yoga in college, it served primarily as a cross training activity to a demanding athletic regimen.  It wasn’t until she began attending classes at Yoga Haven that she realized there was much more to yoga than building physical strength and flexibility.  Curious, she began her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Haven in 2011 and discovered the extensive benefits of a more mindful practice. No longer just a series of poses, yoga became an ongoing practice of awareness and connection.  Her least favorite pose is still savasana, but it’s a work in progress!  Margaret is especially interested in anatomy & physiology.  She began studying it academically in college, but really became fascinated by the subject while trying to make sense of several injuries sustained rowing at the elite level, post-collegially with the US National Team.  She has continued her studies in anatomy with a focus on the spine and yoga with Loren Fishman, MD,  Alison West and Elise Browning Miller.   Margaret teaches the anatomy & physiology section of Yoga Haven’s teacher training with the unique ability to make the material accessible and understandable for all types of learners.  Margaret also teaches Yoga Haven’s “Mindfulness Matters,” curriculum in the local schools to faculty and staff, and manages the running of both Yoga Haven studios.