Why Yoga for Teens with Scoliosis?

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is the most common form of scoliosis. It affects 4 out of 100 teenagers. Parents and  adolescents usually wonder how to manage this condition. Concerns about aesthetics, the need for bracing, and the possibility of corrective surgery are common.  

In a recent study on the effects of yoga on scoliosis, a significant improvement was found, even while practicing a single yoga pose, vasisthasana (side plank) for several months. 

19 out of 25 patients gained a 40.9% reduction in curvature.

Yoga therapy provides movement solutions including stretching and strengthening exercises to realign the curve and to prevent it from getting worse. 

‘Yoga for teens with scoliosis’ – Try out our professional program and prevent the need for invasive measures. It is accessible online and can be practiced at home.

For more information and the full program visit:  https://happy-back-yoga.teachable.com/p/yoga-for-scoliosis

Try these 3 postures at home:  

Note: The following program is instructed for those with a right scoliosis (thoracic or lumbar).  If you have a left scoliosis, reverse the instructions so that you emphasize lengthening the right side.  If you have a double curve, work on the side that seems most prominent, your primary curve, twice as much as the other side.  Always come back to the center at the end.

  1. Child’s Pose to the side: 

 

1. Begin on your hands and knees with the knees wider than your shoulders and big toes touching.  Place your hands on blocks or books.

2. Sit back so that your buttocks touch your heels

3. Lift the chest, inhale and lengthen the front body, then walk hands to the right, pressing the left buttocks back onto the left heel.

4. Reach the left hand forward, lengthening the left side of the body.   Hold for 30 seconds.

2. Reclining arms overhead posture: 

1. Lie on your back and place both feet against the wall, stretch both arms overhead while you press both feet into the wall.

2. Place the belt over your arms at the elbows.

3. Take arms overhead, reach out more through the left hand while you press the left heel into the wall to lengthen the left side body.

4. Go to the right, then left, then right again, then back to the center.  Hold for 30 seconds in each position.

3. Standing Separate Legs Stretching Position:

1. Take legs 5 feet apart, keeping them parallel. 

2. Place the hands on the seat of the chair and lift the chest, drawing the shoulders away from the ears.

3. Push the chair forward and slowly bring the chest down towards the floor.

4. Take the chair to the right side, Keep the left thigh back and lengthen the left palm a little more than the right. 

5. Bring the right rib cage into the chest, hold for 15-30 seconds and come back to the center.  

Yoga for scoliosis video series has so much more to offer.

For more information and the full program visit:  https://happy-back-yoga.teachable.com/p/yoga-for-scoliosis

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