Yoga and Scoliosis

There are four common patterns of curvature in scoliosis, although lateral curves can appear anywhere along the spinal column. To use yoga effectively for your scoliosis, find out what pattern you have from an orthopedic surgeon or knowledgeable health care practitioner.

1. Right thoracic scoliosis In this type, the major scoliosis is concentrated in the thoracic (upper or midback) region and curves to the right. There may also be a less severe countercurve to the left in the lumbar (lower back).

2. Left lumbar scoliosis The major curve is to the left in the lumbar. There may be a less extreme curve to the right in the thoracic.

3. Right thoracolumbar scoliosis The major curve is to the right in both the lower thoracic and the lumbar. This is commonly known as a C curve. (It looks like a C from the front, a reverse C from the back.)

4. Right thoracic-left lumbar scoliosis The major curve is in the thoracic region, with an equal countercurve to the left in the lumbar region. This is commonly known as an S curve. (It looks like an S when viewed from the front.)

Sequence for Scoliosis

Uttana Shishosana (Extended Puppy Pose)

Extended Puppy Pose (Uttana Shishosana)

Come onto all fours. See that your shoulders are above your wrists and your hips are above your knees. Walk your hands forward a few inches and curl your toes under. As you exhale, move your buttocks halfway back toward your heels. Keep your arms active; don’t let your elbows touch the ground. Drop your forehead to the floor or to a blanket and let your neck relax. Keep a slight curve in your lower back. To feel a nice long stretch in your spine, press the hands down and stretch out through the arms while pulling your hips back toward your heels. Breathe into your back, feeling the spine lengthen in both directions.