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Yoga for Scoliosis

Gill's Story

Scoliosis TrainingI 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 adults.

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 relaxation.

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


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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.

By phone

Please call Gill -
07879 810630 or email
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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)

  • 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 class.
"huge potential for workplace health and wellbeing initiatives"

Alison Trewhela

"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, YHLB Institute.

Click here to download a leaflet on Yoga for healthy lower backs

Lower Back

Yoga Lower Backs

Healthy Backs