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Restorative Yoga for Scoliosis with Taylor Downs at Sangha

Sangha Studio
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“With regular practice, you can ease the pain of a crooked back and turn it into a powerful teacher.” ~ Elise Browning Miller

This workshop will focus on gentle stretching and restorative yoga* tailored to folks with scoliosis** and spinal fusions. At the start of the class, we will discuss the structural imbalances often caused by scoliosis, and the intentions for the yoga poses in class.

Throughout class we will encourage balance, ease, and relaxation in the body with supported physical postures, soothing music and essential oils. Each pose will be tailored to the individual based on their individual spine curvature, so it’s helpful to arrive knowing where your curve(s) are.

*Restorative yoga is a very gentle form of the practice focused on slowly opening the body by accessing the parasympathetic nervous system with poses supported by many props and held for 5-20 minutes. Restorative yoga is an accessible practice for beginners.

**Scoliosis is an aberration of the spine causing it to form a “c” or “s” shape from side to side down the back. This curve also often creates rotation within the spine and affects the ribcage and/or the hips depending on the position of the curve(s). Naturally, the condition can create quite a bit of imbalance and often pain or discomfort in the body, which can be aided through the practice of carefully tailored exercises, including yoga.

Suggested donation: $12 members / $18 non-members

Limited to 15 participants
Pre-registration is recommended!

About the teacher:
Taylor Downs (RYT 200) discovered she had scoliosis at age 10 and had no choice but to undergo spinal fusion surgery to correct her severe curves at age 12. Because of her background, she completed the Yoga for Scoliosis training with Elise Browning Miller shortly after completing her initial Yoga Teacher Training in 2016. When she began working individually with folks who have scoliosis, she noticed the profound impact of a more restorative approach, which drove her to complete the OM Restorative Yoga training with Cyndi Lee shortly afterward. Since then, she has worked individually with students, combining the tailored approach of Yoga for Scoliosis with Restorative Yoga.