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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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents"Part I Introduction
1. Introduction to Scoliosis by Dr. Loren Fishman
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
9. Restorative Savasana: Witnessing and Feeling the Breath
Part III On Daily Life
10. On Daily Life
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
I was very excited when I began my inspection of Yoga and Scoliosis as this is a physical problem I will be looking at in the near future. Marcia Monroe's preface gave a quick explanation about her journey to this book, and gave the majority of the credit for her understanding of yoga and the basis of the book to the Iyengar Institute and B.K.S. Iyengar himself.The Introduction to Scoliosis by Dr. Loren Fishman, MD, did not explain the physical problems of Scoliosis enough. It was much like a professor that knows their topic so well they assume you have that same level of understanding, so when it became a bit more in-depth I was left to puzzle through and went to online websites to get the definition and issues involved with Scoliosis from there.The section introducing Yoga and the props needed for any of the workouts in this book was defined and explained very well. Yet the recommendation for the use of the sequences outlined in this book is that they ¿should be conducted under the guidance of a senior teacher, and with medical supervision,¿ which would negate the ability to use this book on ones own with confidence.Even so, each Yoga posture (asana) gives the Yoga term and it's anglicized translation. The required Props are listed, the Benefits outlined, what the Placement would be for the props and the individual, along with specific instructions for each exercise, and What to Do is carefully structured so anyone could learn each asana. Each posture also had a photograph as a guide.Although this book is well thought out and is excellent in its structure the average individual might be put off by the props and postures necessary to combat some of the problems of scoliosis. I could see why supervision would be necessary for many of the modified postures as they would be difficult to assume without a spotter or guide; especially someone who is not in good shape or in a great deal of pain from their physical issues. If someone tried to use this book on their own there could be difficulties and the very possibility of doing the postures ¿wrong¿ could aggravate an already painful health problem. I also foresee that an individual who is not disciplined towards exercise may find this book daunting. Kudos to Marcia Monroe for tackling this topic. Yoga and Scoliosis: A Journey to Health and Healing by Marcia MonroeI was very open-minded when I began my inspection of Yoga and Scoliosis. Marcia Monroe's preface gave a quick explanation of herself and the book, and the basis of her understanding of and practice of Yoga goes to the Iyengar Institute and B.K.S. Iyengar himself.The Introduction to Scoliosis by Dr. Loren Fishman, MD, did not even begin to explain Scoliosis. It was much like a professor that knows their topic so well they assume you have that same level of understanding, so when it became a bit more in-depth into I was left to puzzle through.The section introducing Yoga and the props needed for any of the workouts in this book was defined and explained well. Yet the recommendation for the use of the sequences outlined in this book is that they ¿should be conducted under the guidance of a senior teacher, and with medical supervision,¿ which would negate the ability to use this book on ones own with confidence.Even so, each Yoga posture (asanas) gives the Yoga term and it's anglicized translation. The required Props are listed, the Benefits outlined, what the Placement would be for the props and the individual, along with specific explanations for each exercise, and What to Do is carefully structured so anyone could learn each asana. Each posture had a photograph as a guide.Although this book is well thought out and is excellent in its structure the average individual might be put off by the props and postures necessary to combat some of the problems of scoliosis. I could see why supervision would be necessary for many of the modified postures as they would be difficult to assume without a spotter or guide. If someone trie
The books has a good deal of information in helping those with scoliosis find a way to incorporate yoga into their personal fitness routine. While it is illustrated the pictures are somewhat small and not in color, but the directions are straightforward. Some of the required equipment can be difficult to get used to, but overall a great resource.
Yoga and Scoliosis provides a thorough collection of yoga poses modified for scoliosis patients. As an adult who was treated with a back brace in adolescence, I was interested to see how I might approach yoga for the first time. As others have noted, the author recommends studying with a teacher and the pictures all show placement of props that would be difficult to achieve on one's own. She also notes that this book is meant to be a supplement to a reference on poses, modified for scoliosis, but not a substitute for such a reference. It may be this book would be more helpful to a yoga teacher who wants to teach clients with scoliosis than to the clients themselves.
Yoga and Scoliosis: A Journey to Healthy and Healing is largely a detailed instructional book. It¿s apparent that the author, Marcia Monroe, is an experienced yoga practitioner whose credibility stems from having scoliosis, studying with Iyengar, and having seen--and personally experienced--positive results from the many poses that are described in great detail. Throughout, there is explanation of yoga philosophy as it relates to helping relieve the spinal imbalances that can result from scoliosis, and how awareness of one¿s exact personal situation needs to be considered, via self-awareness and via an experienced yoga instructor. The book gives the reader with scoliosis a great understanding of what would be expected and what the poses would look like if he or she were to hire a yoga instructor (which the author highly recommends) who can assess and assist. Monroe speaks to the reader who has scoliosis, but it¿s quite clear that the instructions are not for the yoga beginner. In other words, you can¿t just read the book and then do the poses; you need an experienced yoga instructor who can help you do it right. Many of the poses require the use of a variety of props that need to be applied during the poses. A beginner would likely not have enough self-awareness to know where or when to put the props. It seems that the complicated pose instructions are more for an instructor than for the person with scoliosis.What this book provides is a great understanding of why and how a variety of poses can help balance one¿s entire body if they are performed on a regular basis. After reading this book, even an experienced yogi should find an experienced yoga instructor who specializes in scoliosis who can assess, assist, and develop a personalized practice that could, eventually, be performed on a regular basis without an instructor. To say more about self-awareness and yoga, Monroe emphasizes imbalance, which is something we all have; each one of us has one side that is stronger than the other. Monroe encourages starting out with the weaker side when we begin to walk. She points out need to become more aware of our tendencies. Do you tend to tilt your head to one side? Do you always carry things on one side and maybe lift your shoulder a little to bear the weight? Switch sides. Keep your shoulders level. Strengthen your weaker side. She points out that even our eyes have a dominant side. She also discusses the need for balance in lives and the need to have the things around us organized. It¿s all very interesting. And these things we can all incorporate into our daily lives.
For those who have scoliosis, this book will probably change the way they move. The author has scoliosis and opted to not have surgery as a teenager, and decided to embrace scoliosis instead finding ways to adapt to it.Marcia Monroe is an expert in yoga and she currently teaches it. Her book has numerous photos throughout describing how to do the moves. Each move has props, benefits, placement, and any notes detailing the moves, and if there is a variation, Monroe lists the benefits and what to do to accomplish the goals.She does a really good describing each of the moves, and gives a thorough introduction to scoliosis and why yoga is so helpful for the condition.