|Yoga for Scoliosis
I was diagnosed with an 'S' shaped structural
scoliosis at the age of 14 which I endured into my twenties,
when to my incredible good fortune Yoga entered my life.
This ancient discipline gave me an instantaneous, huge release
of physical and emotional tension.
Unfortunately, I subsequently
suffered a car accident in 2008, which left me with a whiplash
injury to the thoracic spine. Yoga helped me manage the
condition, but I turned a corner when I undertook Yoga for
Scoliosis with Elise Browning Miller. This generated a catalytic
release in the stuck muscles in my middle back and the pain
from the injury dissolved!
I enjoyed a wonderful feeling of lightness, and a
substantial "felt" and visible improvement to the symmetry and
alignment of my back. I continue to maintain my spinal freedom
with daily practice of Yoga for Scoliosis. My experience has
inspired me to teach Yoga for Scoliosis to children and
Yoga for Scoliosis
Each One- to- One Session is carefully tailored to your
unique curve/s, and age. It is a combination of physical Hatha
Yoga postures, breathing techniques (Pranayama) and deep
Yoga for Scoliosis will help you to achieve more
symmetrical alignment to your body, as "the body with
Scoliosis has developed a highly sophisticated compensating
'act' and it can also learn a more refined symmetrical 'act'
with proper instruction" (Elise Browning Miller)
This is achieved by stretching muscles that have become
tight and perhaps painful, and strengthening muscles that have
become weak. The body's posture can then become more
effortless using the bone structure instead of over- worked
muscles to hold itself up. For Scoliosis sufferers, this
type of Yoga practice will help ease pain, improve posture and
strengthen muscles to support the spine.
Practising Yoga for Scoliosis gives hope that we
can empower ourselves by doing something positive to improve
our condition and quality of life.
"I am always happy with the smallest
improvement. I do not try to reach ultimate perfection but
only the little perfection of every day."
(Sparks of Divinity); BKS Iyengar
||Click here to see an article from the
New York Post on
how Yoga has helped an 85 year old overcome Scoliosis
Click here to read an article that Gill
produced for YFNI on Scoliosis
|How will Yoga for Scoliosis help you ?
Feel more balanced and comfortable about
your Scoliosis in
your body and mind
Potentially help to reduce or stop
the progression of your curve/s and spinal rotation
Alleviate stiffness, discomfort and pain
Improve your posture
Create muscular strength and balance
and lengthen your spine
Help to De-rotate your spine and ribs
Empower yourself to take control of your
health and well - being
Private one to one sessions are available for
children and adults
with major and minor Scoliosis. As this is a one to one service,
feel free to contact Gill even if you aren't in the Greater
Belfast or Lisburn Area.
Please call Gill -
07879 810630 or email
|Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs
Back pain is an extremely common problem, affecting some
80% of us at some point in our lives. It can be debilitating,
with chronic impact on quality of life and ability to work.
Mind-Body group exercise, such as Yoga for Healthy Lower
Backs - an innovative, evidence-based programme recommended
by the health regulator, NICE, ( National Institute for Health
and Care Excellence) is a first step towards managing low back
pain. This is a specialist 12-week Yoga-based programme that
gently and progressively aims to help those suffering low back
pain to get back to being more active again. No prior experience
of Yoga is necessary.
Draft Guidelines in a review of how NHS professionals
should treat patients with low back pain stated: "The draft
Guidelines recommend exercise in all its forms (for example
stretching, strengthening, aerobic or Yoga)
as the first step in managing low back pain". (Press Release
24 March 2016).
The course teaches life-long skills to improve health.
It was developed and tested in a large research study, run by
the University of York (Department for Health Sciences) and
funded by Arthritis Research UK. The positive results showing it
to be safe and effective were published in the Annals of
Internal Medicine in November 2011. A cost evaluation in the
journal Spine in 2012 showed it to be cost effective for the
NHS, society and the workplace.
A random controlled trial by the University of York and
Arthritis UK demonstrated that:"Yoga is a safe and effective
activity that clinicians could consider recommending for
patients with a history of low back pain" (Tillbrook et al
2011). The research also demonstrated that "the benefits of
Yoga continued after the end of the twelve -week course".
(Full findings can be seen on www.arthritisresearchuk.org)
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A YOGA FOR HEALTHY BACKS
"huge potential for workplace
health and wellbeing initiatives"
- 12 weekly classes comprising easy foundational
Yoga poses to build strength and flexibility,
providing long term benefits.
- Pain relieving Yoga poses.
- Poses targeting back comfort, good posture and
re-alignment of the body.
- Guidance, homework plans and information so that you
can practice on your own in between classes.
- A relaxation CD and Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs book.
- A relaxation CD and Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs book.
- Learn how to bring postural improvements, mental focus
and relaxation techniques into their daily lives.
- Teaching in small groups.
- Help to reduce the recurrence of future back problems.
- At the end of the course students are encouraged to
continue practising on their own, or to join a suitable
"Yoga has a track record of improving chronic pain
in multiple conditions. Uniquely this long term self-management
course is the essence of prevention. It offers a toolkit of
simple lifelong techniques to improve and maintain holistic
health and well-being."
Alison Trewhela, Principal Tutor and Director,
Click here to download a leaflet
on Yoga for healthy lower backs