Yoga for Scoliosis

Scoliosis is perhaps one of the most common aberrations in the spine. Originated from the word “skol” (Greek), meaning “twist and turns”, this medical condition can be easily observed when the spine creates an S form or reversed S on the back. It causes a displacement of the ribs, the shoulders, and the hips. It also alters the center of gravity in the body.

Types of Scoliosis

There are two types of scoliosis: functional or structural. In functional scoliosis, the muscles in the back are the most affected regions, not the spine itself. This condition can be caused by a poor posture and a consistent unbalanced weight carried by the shoulders. It creates less curvature in the back that is often times unnoticeable and is reversible. On the other hand, structural scoliosis is a serious medical condition resulting from uneven growth on both sides of the bone(s) and most of the cases have unknown causes. This type of scoliosis often times requires surgery.

Finding Balance

Practicing yoga helps the body find its center of gravity. Even though scoliosis causes a shift on a person’s point of balance, the following poses can help reduce pain, avoid increasing the curvature even more and help improve back alignment. Consult your doctor before performing any physical activity.

Pause!

In performing these poses, it is very important to be conscious of your movements. Remember to always keep your weight evenly distributed on both of your feet while walking or standing. Strengthening the legs can help reduce the strain your back muscles and spine carry. Always lengthen your spine to lessen your S curve. Keep in mind to pull your scapula away from your ears to avoid rounding your shoulders. Most importantly, breathe. Be grateful for the time and space you are given to practice.

Mountain Pose

This pose effectively reeducates the muscles in the legs with balance, proper weight distribution and correct posture.

How: Stand with your feet together and allow your arms to relax and dangle on your sides. Close your eyes, and then consciously shift your weight to the balls of your feet. Then, slowly lower your back to the ground, plant your feet, and pull your pelvic floor up to your belly. Stay in this pose for 3-5 breaths.


Cat/Cow Stretch

This movement allows the vertebrae in your back to open up while stretching the tendons and the muscles, which support the spine.

How: Begin in a tabletop position. Inhale as you look up the sky and draw your scapula closer to each other, arching your back. Then, exhale as you round your back, draw your scapula away from each other, and tuck your tail-bone. Keep your gaze on your navel. Repeat this movement five times.


Child’s Pose

This is a very relaxing pose which allows the spine to lengthen and decompress.

How: Start by sitting on your heels. Then, extend both of your arms forward and place them on the ground. Keep reaching forward until your body is resting on your thighs. Keep on actively reaching the arms forward to allow stretch on your back muscles and spine. Stay in this pose for 3-5 breaths.

Remember to always consult your doctor first before starting any physical regimen. If you feel pain during the movements, stop and take a rest. It is recommended to practice under the guidance of an experienced yoga teacher. Be aware of what’s happening inside the body and the thoughts that come to your mind. Breathe through the moment and enjoy the flow.

Realign with Conviction

As you gently move and breathe, the weightless feeling of comfortable and durable yoga leggings can boost your confidence towards progress.

TD Collection Two-Toned Yoga Pants. These yoga pants for women are full-length leggings created with stretchy and soft fabric that also wicks out moisture. Made of 60% nylon, 12% spandex, and 28% polyester, these fashionable leggings are very budget friendly. TD Collection Two-Toned Yoga Pants is very flexible, which allows a wide range of motion and better blood circulation in the leg. 

Do not allow your circumstances to define you. Approach them with patience and composure. Have faith that the journey ahead leads to good roads. Practice with awareness and listen to your body. Have faith within yourself and always flow with an open heart!

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