Idiopathic scoliosis (of unknown origin), which develops most commonly among young people, and degenerative scoliosis, which occurs as a result of the aging process, will be the main focus of this workshop.
Alison will discuss how scoliosis works and offer principles that govern the work as a whole. She has developed valuable teaching techniques to help students visualize their scoliosis more effectively. Main principles of practice will be addressed and explored through basic poses.
You will learn about the curves, concavities, and rotation of the spine and how to absorb the curves, fill the concavities, and de-rotate the spine. The rotation of the spine perturbs the sense of where one is in space, so you will also learn how to use visual and sensing aids to help the body align and develop better proprioception.
Alison West, PhD, E-RYT, C-IAYT, is director of Yoga Union, founded in 1996, and the Yoga Union Backcare & Scoliosis Center. Alison completed her certification in Yoga for Scoliosis with Elise Miller and has formulated principles of practice gleaned from her ongoing study of anatomy and kinesiology that can be applied to most forms of hatha yoga. She leads the only 150-hour back-care and scoliosis certification program and is currently writing her first yoga book, Yoga for Backcare, which will be followed by Yoga for Scoliosis. Learn more at yogaunion.com.