Yoga and Scoliosis: A Journey to Health and Healing


Yoga and Scoliosis: A Journey to Health and Healingis a deeply soothing form of moving meditation and a physical activity and is a safe way to rebuild strength, stamina, and flexibility and to address the spinal curvature of scoliosis without surgery. The book presents an evidence-based look at how this approach works. Dr. Fishman has been treating individuals with scoliosis with yoga for many years and has collected x-rays of his work, before and after, demonstrating actual ...
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Yoga and Scoliosis: A Journey to Health and Healingis a deeply soothing form of moving meditation and a physical activity and is a safe way to rebuild strength, stamina, and flexibility and to address the spinal curvature of scoliosis without surgery. The book presents an evidence-based look at how this approach works. Dr. Fishman has been treating individuals with scoliosis with yoga for many years and has collected x-rays of his work, before and after, demonstrating actual lessening of the degree of curvature from the practice of Iyengar yoga.

Yoga and Scoliosis: A Journey to Health and Healing
is a source of encouragement, knowledge, and healing for those who have scoliosis and need to treat it, but want to avoid braces and/or surgery. It briefly covers the history and treatment modalities of scoliosis and discusses the development of the spine in the embryo. Yoga and Scoliosis
explores the complexities of the concept of alignment in the body, with the main part of the book showing how to address scoliosis utilizing Iyengar yoga. Four chapters give instruction in yoga asanas for scoliosis, and another chapter discusses yoga practice in daily living. The book includes a Foreword by B. K. S. Iyengar, the founder of Iyengar Yoga.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Marcia Monroe has created a dynamic, practical, and comprehensive guide to understanding how to approach the challenges of spinal asymmetry due to scoliosis. It is based on her many years of uncovering and re-patterning the habitual movements underlying scoliosis in herself and in others whom she has helped. Th rough awareness of the body’s subtle movements in relation to the rebounding forces of gravity and spatial tension, she provides specific guidance on how to create an individualized yoga program for scoliosis. This book will be of significant value to anyone seeking deep insight and support of how to bring the spine into more balanced alignment and ease.”
—Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Developer of Body-Mind Centering®, author of Sensing, Feeling and Action

“ Thanks to large-scale screening programs which make it possible to identify spinal deformity in its early stages, long before surgical intervention is an issue, 999 of every 1000 patients diagnosed with scoliosis are not ‘treatable’ by surgical approaches …99+% of patients who do not need surgery DO need help. Marcia Monroe’s book offers one avenue that patients can explore for that much-needed help in coping with the effects of scoliosis over a lifetime.”—Martha Hawes, PhD, author of Scoliosis and the Human Spine

“Marcia Monroe’s book chronicles her personal journey with idiopathic scoliosis using modified postures of yoga to help achieve balance, comfort, and stability. While contrary to medical thinking, meeting Marcia after thirty years of experience treating patients with scoliosis has led me to accept that she has chosen the best option. Through her dedication to yoga, Marcia has been able to maintain the necessary stability, articulation, and flexibility of the spine without pain.”
— Luis Carlos Schettino, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“Marcia, through her knowledge and understanding of the intricacies involved in addressing scoliosis in yoga provides an invaluable contribution with her book Yoga and Scoliosis: A Journey to Health and Healing. Marcia’s unique approach, derived from personal experience and years of study, offers clear and precise instructions for addressing scoliosis for individuals as well as yoga teachers.”—Patty Townsend, Director of Yoga Center Amherst, MA and Director of Embodyoga® Teacher Training and Therapeutics Study Programs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936303021
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/24/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 278,272
  • Product dimensions: 8.07 (w) x 9.99 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcia Monroe is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She was first certified as a Yoga teacher by the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City for levels 1, 2, and 3. She has been studying with the Iyengar family since 2001 and in 2005, she received certification from B.K.S. Iyengar at the Iyengar Yoga Institute. She now teaches children in New York City at the Bloomingdale Family Program. Marcia is a Body Mind Centering teacher, an Infant Developmental Educator, is registered as a somatic movement educator, and is one of a handful of people who have worked extensively with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, founder of The School for Body-Mind Centering.
Marcia has taught yoga internationally, in Brazil, Canada, India, New Zealand, and the U.S. Currently she teaches classes and workshops on yoga and scoliosis and maintains a private practice in New York City and Rio de Janeiro.

Dr. Loren Fishman has been a specialist in Electrodiagnosis of low back pain and sciatica for over 20 years. His other specialties are functional assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, and the application of yoga within the medical context. Over the last 20 years, he has lectured frequently, authored multiple books and contributed to over 45 publications including Demos Health's book Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis: A Journey to Health and Healing. He is Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. Loren also received his certification to teach yoga from the Iyengar Yoga Institute.

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Table of Contents

Part I Introduction
1. Introduction to Scoliosis by Dr. Loren Fishman
2. Yoga
3. Concepts of Sequencing
Part II Yoga for Scoliosis
4. Postures on the Floor
5. Standing Asanas
6. Seated Asanas
7. Forward, Lateral, Abdominal, and Back Extensions
8. Inversions
9. Restorative Savasana: Witnessing and Feeling the Breath
Part III On Daily Life
10. On Daily Life
Additional Exercises
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  • Posted January 24, 2012

    Finally some relief!

    What a stunning accomplishment! Marcia Monroe has created a wonderful how-to for those who wish to hep their scoliosis through natural methods. Dozens of positions and exercises are broken down step-by-step accompanied by helpful photographs. It is so nice that someone has finally created a helpful book for those of us who live with scoliosis. Often pain relief and how to treat your body are not addressed through medical channels, so this refreshing and important book is vital for everyone who wants to feel better and have a better relationship with the scoliotic body.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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