Did You Know? #2 Scoliosis

February 12th, 2012 | Posted by lisa johnson in Did You Know? Fun Facts

Did you know that women are four times more likely to suffer from scoliosis (curvature of the spine) than men? Most often it is manifested as a deviation of the thoracic section, at the rib cage area, to the right side with compensation to the left side at the lumbar, lower back area. Sometimes, however, the spine is not in a lateral S-curve, but a full C-curve to the right from thoracic through lumbar area.

How can yoga help? Awareness is key and using breath and imagery is very effective too. During your practice, picture sending the breath or prana to the side of the torso which is less prominent. Also, focus on creating more fullness and space within on this side while practicing all yoga postures. Regarding twists, emphasize turning towards the side of the thoracic spine which is most developed muscularly thereby rotating the non-dominant side to fullness and the spine to center. Limit or avoid twists to the weaker side.

Your body wants to find equanimity and a well-rounded yoga practice moving with breath and awareness will release its innate wisdom. Balance and freedom from the discomfort scoliosis can create is yours with a simple commitment to these self-care tools!

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