Scoliosis is the presence of abnormal lateral (side-to-side) curves and rotations in the spinal column. Yoga’s emphasis on the spine as well as its overall healing abilities and innate promotion of correct posture make it an important alternative therapy to prevent the progression of, and potentially reduce the abnormal spinal curvature of scoliosis. Yoga is also a powerful remedy to reduce scoliosis’ symptoms of back pain, muscle tightness, fatigue, and decreased lung capacity.
Practice twists, forward and back bending poses that target the area of your spine where the scoliosis is most present. Always maintain a concentrated focus on the alignment of the spine in all poses, and imagine or visualize the spine lengthening and realigning as you hold and breath in each pose.
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Caution: It is important to not practice any poses that cause any pain or that reproduce or aggravate your symptoms of scoliosis.
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