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Sue, I'm glad to see your comment. My friend is really into Yoga but I have always put off doing yoga with her because I assumed I could not do it since I have surgery on my scoliosis and have a fused spine. I am 24 and I had the surgery when I was 12...I have had dull pain on my lower right back for a long time now, but I was wondering if just SOME yoga poses were attempt able. I'm glad to see that you have been able to do it with fused spine, it gives me hope! :)


'Hello ... i've had a fused spine (lumbar and thoracic) for scoliosis for forty years now and recently took up yoga. I had no idea i could do yoga and thrilled to be doing exercises i didn't think i could do. I have no back pain but a bit frightened about my future as i age with harrington rods, osteoporosis. I'd love to hear from someone knowledgeable about yoga for someone with a fusion etc. PS my siser has a severe curve that was never corrected. She may benefit from yoga. she swims a lot. thanks for reading this.

steve grier

Good day, question, I have had two lumbar fusion surgeries and have been told never to do a forward bend, touching my toes, I should do all movements on my back with support from the floor, do you agree? Thanks, Steve Grier


This is such a beautiful and thoughtful article. I am ex competitive figure skater and as a result have scoliosis and spondylothesis. At times it can be very thankful. When I was diagnosed at 28 (right when the skeleton settles), my orthopaedic said, "You're young and healthy - go swim or find yoga." I began practicing Iyengar in San Francisco, and haven't looked back (no pun intended).


Thanks for sharing your experience, I started practising yoga about 2 years ago, but was convinced I could never teach because of my curved spine. Your example shows I might have been wrong.

Lakshmi A.

Elise, thank you so much for this article. I do have pain especially in my concave side (left) due to very weak abdominal muscles. I was wondering if there were specific exercises to work on for strengthening the abs for a person like me who has the Harringto Rod fused to the spine?
Thanks so much


Are there any Browning Miller trained instructors practicing in the Long Island area of New York (not New York City)? Thank you...

sadhana ali

thank you for this article im a yoga, pilates and meditation teacher based in manchester, Uk and im due to teach a patient of mine this weekend who has scoliosis and she is blind. i have been worried about what kind of work i should be doing but went with my instincts and of course experience and you have confirmed that i am on the right path Thank you sadhana ali


thanks for this useful guide


Does the Yoga Journal or Elise Browning Miller have a series of poses that I could follow. I've just committed to 7 days of yoga a week, twice a day, home practice, 30-45 minutes each time. I have a routine, but it's not designed specifically for scoliosis. Any advice would be so very appreciated. I'm really trying to improve my situation (28% curve and I'm 39 years old.)
Thank you Kindly!

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