Individuals with scoliosis frequently assume compensations throughout the body for the curvature of the spine. Yoga with scoliosis provides students an opportunity to understand their curve pattern and to discover a refined sense of alignment and center. Yoga can provide a safe fitness option for people with scoliosis and may help ease the pain that some people with scoliosis experience.
I work with my clients’ scoliosis through awareness, axial elongation, global expansion, and stability. Together, we find the best modifications of the yoga poses to encourage a more neutral, lengthened spine. Use of the breath is integral to the practice. I am well versed in other spine conditions that may present in adults as a result of scoliosis such as stenosis, spondylolisthesis, herniations, fusions, arthritis, and pain due to asymmetrical loading of the spine over time.
“I was fortunate to participate in Jen’s Yoga for Scoliosis Class Series in Manhattan. I had no experience with yoga but was aware that I needed to attend to issues related to my scoliosis. Starting with the first class, I knew that I was in good hands. After Jen examined my back, I learned that I had an S curve, right thoracic and left lumbar. Every class with Jen was productive, fun, and energizing. She is extremely knowledgeable about scoliosis and how to work safely within the confines of anatomy and musculature on any given day. She challenged me, in a compassionate manner, to find new positions, new ways to be within my body. I continued taking Jen’s classes until she left for Chicago. I now have a yoga practice that informs my posture and movements 24/7!”
70 year old retired physician