Balance and Awareness: Yoga to Ease Scoliosis Symptoms

By
Kathryn Boland, R-CYT, R-DMT
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A name for the human torso is the “trunk,” because, in the majority of people, it resembles the straight, strong trunk of a tree. Yet for those with scoliosis, the spine is more like the trunk of a tree on a steep bank that must curve to bring itself upright. The condition can be either idiopathic (without any known cause) or degenerative. Both men and women can experience, scoliosis, but it is more common in women.

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Yoga student practicing ardha matsyendrasana seated spinal twist.

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