Yoga and Scoliosis

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    This article offers ways to work with scoliosis in daily life. Many of the suggestions will seem like the opposite to what feels natural and familiar. The idea is to develop and sustain a discriminating mind that can perceive the action of the body and its habits, and offer new and healthier choices. Study yourself daily. Get to know your habits, what feels comfortable and habitual, and what feels different and, perhaps, not so comfortable but, on the overall, more organized. Take in the observational...Read More
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    Supta Tadasana is the mountain posture on the floor. Supta tadasana, being a symmetric posture, helps in stabilizing the core as it brings midline (central) organization from the extension of the limbs. It offers stability within the asymmetric body. The front of the body (flexors) moves toward the back (extensors), and the spine stabilizes. For this exercise, you will need a mat near a wall, small wooden wedges, pads to even the asymmetry of the shoulders, ribs, and pelvis, and blankets. The blankets are...Read More
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    Dr. Loren Fishman is a back pain specialist. He studied yoga in India with BKS Iyengar and has written extensively about yoga as a complementary medical treatment, including his book Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis: A Journey to Health and Healing. Written by Dr. Fishman, below is a case study of a woman with scoliosis being treated with yoga: About 25 years ago, we were confronted with a frail, older woman with 113 degrees of an idiopathic, rotatory, thoracolumbar scoliosis: a tremendous C-curve. She...Read More

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Marcia Monroe

Marcia Monroe is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She was first certified as a Yoga teacher by the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City for levels 1, 2, and 3. She has been studying with the Iyengar family since 2001 and in 2005, she received certification from B.K.S. Iyengar at the Iyengar Yoga Institute. She now teaches children in New York City at the Bloomingdale Family Program. Marcia is a Body Mind Centering teacher, an Infant Developmental Educator, is registered as a somatic movement...

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