Our spinal curves are there for a reason – they help balance weight distribution throughout the spine. However, in some people, the curves are either too much or too little. Yoga helps with balancing these spinal curves for optimal function in the body. With the aging body comes gravitational forces that can affect our physical structure, and repetitive use samskaras that can negatively affect our posture. For many of us, we can see firsthand a wide variety of spinal curvature issues and conditions in our Gentle, Senior and Chair Yoga student population. Understanding how Yoga can help students with these curvature issues practice efficiently and safely to achieve pain relief often associated with spinal imbalances is empowering for us as Yoga Teachers.
This workshop will take an in-depth look at spinal kyphosis and lordosis, flattened thoracic curve as well as scoliosis. Justine will cover key aspects of spinal anatomy and how Yoga can specifically aid in balancing these curves.
After this workshop you’ll understand:
- What Yoga poses and movements are beneficial and safe as well as cautionary for these specific conditions.
- What poses and movements are important for counteracting imbalanced spinal curvatures
- How certain poses work on low back strengthening of the musculature around the spinal column
|Module 1||Handout: Gentle Yoga for the Low Back: Spinal Curves|
|Unit 1||Handout: Spinal Curves: Scoliosis and Spinal Misalignment|
|Module 2||Video Workshop Lectures|
|Unit 1||Video: Introduction to Low Back Anatomy and Areas of Dsyfunction|
|Unit 2||Video: Deep Dive into the Spinal Curves|
|Unit 3||Video: Asanas Employed to Balance the Spinal Curves|
|Module 3||Video Vignette Library: Spinal Asymmetry and Abnormalities|
|Unit 1||Video Vignette Library: Spinal Asymmetry and Abnormalities|
|Module 4||Asana Practices|
|Unit 1||Spinal Curves - Asana Practice #1|
|Unit 2||Spinal Curves - Asana Practice #2|
|Module 5||Quiz: Spinal Curves: Scoliosis and Spinal Misalignment|
|Unit 1||Quiz: Spinal Curves: Scoliosis and Spinal Misalignment|
Props help support our Yoga postures and give us safety and stability so we can reap the benefits of a pose or sequence – especially one that is held for a period of time. Oftentimes, students may view props as a sign of weakness or that they are relying on a crutch to perform the asana. For students with low back issues or injuries, it is imperative they remain safe when doing seated Yoga poses. Justine shares some guidelines to consider in this short video.
Consider the Gentle Yoga for Low Back Specialty Certification
This Workshop is part of the Gentle Yoga for Low Back Care: Specialty Certification Program. You can enroll in each course separately or in the entire Low Back Certification Course. Each individual course will apply towards this Certification whether taken ala carte or through the full program.