Yoga for Scoliosis
5 hour workshop with 1 hour lunch break
6 hours toward 300 Hour Art of Yoga: Therapeutic Essentials with Completed Homework Assignment
Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine. The degree of lateral curvature varies and is often accompanied by some amount of rotation & can affect the natural curvatures of the vertebrae as well. Beyond the physical asymmetry, scoliosis can be painful, frustrating and confusing.
In this workshop we will discuss the types of curvatures associated with scoliosis as well as explore the alignment of the spine, ribcage, pelvis and shoulders in relation to these types of curvatures. We will also discuss the differences between idiopathic & functional scoliosis.
Scoliosis is common and in this workshop we will learn how to identify it in our bodies and teachers in their student's bodies. We will bring awareness to our own postural habits and begin developing a connection with the core muscles that are essential to supporting the spine. Breath will also be observed and utilized to increase awareness and bring vitality to those areas of the body that need increased circulation.
This workshop is open to all levels, students with and without scoliosis, those with spinal fusions, teachers who want to learn how to assist students with postural/scoliosis issues and anyone interested!
- learn about the types of curvature of the spine
- discover your type of curvature
- learn by observation
- observe our postural habits
- learn how to connect with the muscles that support the spine
- practice simple core exercises to support the lower back
- utilize the breath to increase awareness
- explore a few simple postures to relieve discomfort
- recognize when the body needs a break & use restorative poses to release tension
- connect with each other in safe & supportive environment!
About Your Guide:
Katelyn Qualey is an E-RYT 500 YA certified instructor. She was diagnosed with an S-curve scoliosis in middle school and began practicing Iyengar yoga in 2007 to ease the discomfort caused by scoliosis. After spinal fusion surgery a few years later, yoga was integral to maintaining a balanced body. In the summer of 2017, Katelyn completed a yoga for scoliosis workshop/training with Elise Miller Browning (both for herself and to share with others).
As an instructor, Katelyn’s goal is to facilitate a safe and joyful experience for each unique practitioner. Her hope is to create an environment where students feel safe both challenging themselves while taking modifications and support when necessary. She cares immensely about being a supportive yoga teacher and it is her sincere objective to learn and improve as a teacher (and person) through connections with all types of students. And with a yoga practice, we're always students!