I never knew that I have scoliosis not till my YTT instructor told me about it. That explained why I cant open up my chest enough and having backache after each session.
What is Scoliosis?
Our human spine is formed of multiple vertebrae which protect and support the spinal cord. This set of bones are responsible for the ability to stand in an upright position. Its a condition particularly related to the spine. The individual’s spine is not straight but rather curved.
A person whose spinal curvature is more than 10 degrees to the right or left or even front or back can be a victim of Scoliosis. With mild Scoliosis, has restricts my movement capabilities during my yoga sessions.
Yoga can help Scoliosis.
Our spine bears most of the weight of the body and hence is under constant stress. Yoga helps strengthen the leg muscles thus taking off a considerable amount of stress of the spine. Yoga is a mix of breathing techniques and different postures specifically aimed at correcting the spine.
It may cause a bit of pain during the initial practice. As the body gets adjust to the postures, eventually it will subside.
The following are some of the Yoga poses that can help in Scoliosis:
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward facing dog pose)
It lengthens the spine and brings strength throughout the body.
Virbhadrasana (Warrior Pose)
It strengthens the lower back and improves balance in the body and enhances the stamina.
Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
Its a standing pose that stretches the spine and increases metal and physical equilibrium.
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
It helps to stretch and strengthens the spine and back muscles.
Marjariasana (Cat Pose)
It adds more flexibility to the spine, improves blood circulation and relaxes the mind. This pose is very good for scoliosis.
Balasana (Child Pose)
This pose calms the nervous system and relaxes the back.
Yoga practice not only just develop our body but also our mind. There is tons of health benefits in yoga practice. Have patience in your practice, be optimistic towards life, be consistent and enjoy it to the fullest.