Sequencing: Scoliosis

In the YogaUOnline interview here, Deborah Wolk recommends the following sequencing steps for scoliosis:

  1. Lengthen the spine through such poses as Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) or Right Angle Pose at the Wall, etc.
  2. Counter asymmetry and patterns. One approach she suggests is practicing all standing poses with the back against the wall.
  3. “Next is de-rotation, which for most people involves de-rotating two areas of the spine. One has to think about where they’re breathing and where they’re moving from.”
  4. Wolk recommends inversions for their benefits. However the risks must be carefully avoided and only very safe versions used, such as hanging from ropes or Viparita Karani (Inverted Action / Legs Up the Wall). Do not practice Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand), for instance.
  5. She suggests finishing with spinal strengthening: “creating strength around [the spine] through alignment while tractioning the spine. That can be followed by abdominal strengthening, lumbar strengthening, and spinal strengthening while in traction.”

Sample Sequences

  1. Sequence by Elise Miller – includes pictures of poses
  2. Yoga Therapeutics for a Healthy Back: Gentle Yoga for Scoliosis (Yoga International) – 40 minute therapeutic class that can be customize
  3. Yoga Sequence for Scoliosis (Yoga Journal)
  4. Yoga Sequence for Scoliosis (Yoga International)