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Jakarta Post

Yoga practice for scoliosis

  • Devi Asmarani

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 26 2010   /  09:22 am

Many people have asked me whether yoga is beneficial to people with scoliosis. The answer is, yes. A dedicated practice of yoga with a teacher qualified to teach yoga for scoliosis can address this problem. Defying gravity: A modified inverted pose such as this one helps a person with scoliosis to align its body without the usual distortions caused by gravity. Inversions also develop strength in the back and arms, increases circulation to the vertebrae, brain and other organs, encourage lymphatic circulation and venous blood return. Courtesy of Jakartadoyoga studio/Toto Santiko Budi Originating from the Greek word sol, which means twists and turns, scoliosis is an abnormal lateral (side-to-side) curvature of the spine and perhaps one of the most dramatic spinal aberrations. Not only does it create spinal deformity and rib displacement, it also twists the shoulders and hips and shifts the...