April 10, 2013

Practicing with Scoliosis

Scoliosis can cause back pain and many other health problems, including shallow breathing, sciatica, headaches, and even insomnia. Yoga not only brings relief but can also help you accept and embrace the body you're in.

If you have scoliosis, practicing a pose as simple as Tadasana (Mountain Pose) can help you find a more symmetrical alignment.

Begin to notice if you're leaning more to one side than the other and try to bring equal weight onto both feet. Have your teacher or a friend observe whether your hips or shoulders are uneven. Finally, align your head so that it's perched directly over your pelvis. Don't worry if you feel completely crooked after all these adjustments—your body has been off-kilter for a while, so you will need to relearn what it feels like to be on your plumb line. When you learn to align your bones, the surrounding muscles and connective tissues can relax instead of gripping or overworking, and your posture will begin to feel effortless. In each pose you do, remember that the goal is not to reach a mythical day when your spine will be absolutely straight, but to find a place where there is ease in your body.


IN THIS ISSUE

Tadasana

http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/492

Back to Back

http://www.yogajournal.com/health/2118

Poses for Scoliosis

http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/1061


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