"It is necessary to practice yoga with faith, patience and persistence"
B.K.S. Iyegar

Why Yoga for Scoliosis?

Yoga, meaning yoke or union, is an ancient physical mental and spiritual practice with its roots going back 5,000 years to India. The practice of hatha yoga which includes the physical postures, breathing techniques and relaxation has many physical benefits such as improved posture and increased flexibility and strength.

The body with scoliosis has developed a highly sophisticated compensating 'act' and it can also learn a more refined symmetrical 'act' with proper instruction. By combining the yoga postures with breathing awareness, one can develop a structural alignment, creating a more normal symmetrical alignment. This is accomplished by stretching muscles that have tightened and strengthening muscles that have become weak from this asymmetrical imbalance. Thereby the body will create a more effortless posture using the bone structure, rather than over working the muscles to hold itself up. Through yoga, one can find that balance point that allows the scoliosis curve to coexist with gravity and activates the body's natural plumb line. The result for most people with scoliosis is better posture and less pain.

Choosing to do yoga for scoliosis requires commitment and inner awareness. With scoliosis, it is important to not expect perfection but instead accept oneself, and find ones own optimal alignment and center. As there is beauty in the straight alignment of a palm tree, there is also beauty of an oak tree with it’s many twists and turns. Psychologically, doing yoga is very empowering. It gives hope that we can do something to improve our condition and our quality of living.

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Featured Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Trainer

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Claudia Vasconcelos, Tiburon, CA

Claudia Vasconcelos moved from Brazil to San Francisco in 1993 where she became a passionate health advocate. She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1998.  She is also a dedicated Massage Therapist and Clinical Ayurveda Specialist with a degree from the California College of Ayurveda. 
In 2006 she completed her 500-hour teacher training certificate program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco and continues to extend her studies with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. 
Claudia received her Yoga for Scoliosis teacher training from Elise Miller in 2012 and she has been offering yoga for scoliosis workshops at the JCCSF. She feels moved by the outcome and remarkable benefits yoga has given to her students. She is currently teaching workshops, private and group yoga classes in Marin and San Francisco area. 
contact information:
(415) 756 3924


Elise Browning Miller

Elise Miller, M.A. in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of North Carolina, is a Senior Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher from Palo Alto who has been teaching yoga throughout the United States and internationally since 1976. As a founding director of the California Yoga Center in Mountain View and Palo Alto, CA, Elise teaches classes and workshops specializing in back and sports-related injuries and is a faculty member at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco.


Upcoming workshops

18 Jul
Yoga for Scoliosis Part 1... - Lenox, MA
11 Aug
Yoga for Scoliosis Part 1... - San Francisco, CA
06 Sep
Yoga for Scoliosis Part 1... - Vancouver, BC

Yoga for Scoliosis DVD and booklet

This DVD provides a beginning home practice for anyone with major scoliosis to minor imbalances throughout the body. These poses will empower you to take charge of your own back to improve posture and reduce pain and discomfort. This DVD is based on a therapeutic yoga program that Elise has developed for her own scoliosis and has been used with countless clients around the world.