I HAVE NO YOGA EXPERIENCE & I DON’T DO ANY TYPE OF SPORTS; WILL THIS BE A PROBLEM TO ATTEND THE PROGRAMS? ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITE TO ATTEND?
The programs are designed for complete beginners as well as experienced yogis. The programs main goal is to let you understand your own curve and what your body needs.
In the "develop your own practice program", we start first by relaxing and releasing poses and then we move slowly to more strengthening postures; which by the 3rd week, you will be able to do even if you are a complete beginner. Also, there is always a variation for the poses so we don’t have to go into the full pose from the 1st time.
Most of the poses that help to elevate the pain are restorative poses; which are based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, relying on several props to relax the muscles. Meaning, it is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching where your muscles are allowed to relax deeply. It's a unique feeling because props, rather than your muscles, are used to support your body.
So if you don’t have any yoga experience, you will benefit from it and will be able to do the poses.
Also, if you have yoga experience it will be a new experience to feel the muscles movement and relaxation using the props.
I’M OVER 50 YEARS OLD, CAN I ATTEND THE WORKSHOP, AND WILL IT BE HELPFUL?
The postures that we do during the programs are slow paced and suitable for all age groups. There is always a variation if there are any challenges in any posture and we build the strength together throughout the workshop in a slow and considerate method.
MY DAUGHTER/ SON WHO IS YOUNGER THAN 18 YEARS OLD HAS SCOLIOSIS, CAN SHE/HE ATTEND THE WORKSHOP?
As mentioned above, the programs are suitable for all age groups; however, to ensure that the young person understand the postures and do them correctly on their own, it is advised that one of the parents attends the sessions with their kid and in that case booking is done as private sessions so the parent can ask all the questions they want to be able to better help their kid and help them to develop their home practice routine.
I HAVE SCOLIOSIS, BUT I DID THE CORRECTIVE SURGERY, WILL THESE PROGRAMS BE BENEFICIAL TO ME?
Yes, the programs are intended for someone with a fused spine as well. The postures we do during the workshop will be adjusted accordingly to make sure everything is practiced safely and to get the best out of the yoga practice.
I’M A TRAINER/ YOGA TEACHER AND HAVE STUDENTS WITH SCOLIOSIS BUT I DON’T HAVE SCOLIOSIS AND I’M CURIOUS TO KNOW ABOUT IT AND WAYS TO HELP MY STUDENTS, CAN I ATTEND ANY OF THE PROGRAMS?
Yes, you are welcome to join the program; however, I’m not certified to train the teachers yet so the main goal would be to just give you a general idea about Scoliosis so you can understand the imbalances that happens with Scoliosis and understand when to push and when not to push someone with Scoliosis.
I WAS TOLD THAT I HAVE SCOLIOSIS, BUT I DON’T HAVE ANY PAIN, HOW WILL THESE PROGRAMS BE USEFUL TO ME?
It is great that you don’t feel any pain, this means that you are doing the needed to maintain the balance in the muscles and not overworking one side over the other. These programs will help you to understand exactly what you are doing right so you can continue doing it and avoid any future activity that might put any strain on the back so you can maintain a healthy spine.
I HAVE BEEN PRACTICING YOGA FOR A LONG TIME AND IT IS ALREADY HELPING ME WITH SCOLIOSIS, HOW WILL THIS WORKSHOP BE ANY DIFFERENT?
I have been practicing yoga as well but without the specific adjustment for Scoliosis for several years and it was of great help to me when I started to adjust my practice for my curve. It felt even better and I started to understand more my body. I used to get frustrated when I don’t reach a certain pose but when I understood the curve, it helped to adopt a different approach for challenging postures and work on them slowly in different ways to achieve them without injuring my back and without putting pressure on the spine.
I’M INTERESTED IN THE WORKSHOP BUT I’M NOT SURE I CAN COMMIT FOR 3 WEEKS. CAN I ATTEND ONLY 1 OR 2 SESSIONS?
I offer 2 types of programs:
1- one day workshop: where you will have a general idea about the curve and we will practice together a special class for Scoliosis where you will learn some adjustment in some postures.
2- The 3 weeks program: This workshop is intended to help you in developing your own practice at home. it is like a journey of 3 phases, where on the first session we explore and then by the 2nd session we start to work against the curve and by the 3rd we start to build strength so it’s a complete package and if you missed one of the sessions, it can be challenging to move to the following phase. It is best to ensure that you can commit to attending the 3 sessions and also committing to do the practice at home; which you will learn in each session to help you develop a daily routine.
THERE ARE DIFFERENT PATTERNS IN SCOLIOSIS, SO HOW COME YOU CAN GIVE THE SAME PROGRAM TO A GROUP OF PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT PATTERNS?
Not all scoliosis cases are the same and that is why in each posture we take time to explore and adjust for different patterns and in some cases the adjustment that would work with someone with a right thoracic curve for example would not work with someone else with the same curve. So in the workshop, I help you to listen and understand what you body needs by exploring different adjustment methods together as a group and then finally each one will know which method would work for them the best.
ARE YOUR PROGRAMS INTENDED TO HELP ME REVERSE MY CURVE OR STOP IT FROM PROGRESSING?
My programs are not intended to reverse the curve and I can’t promise you that your curve will stop progressing.
In yoga with Scoliosis, it is up to each individual to work on themselves to see the progress. Meaning, to be able to feel any progress, you need to commit on doing yoga on regular basis by attending yoga classes or, if you attend the 3 weeks workshop to practice at home on regular basis and not only to depend on attending the programs.
The 3 weeks program goal is to help you develop a home practice and help you to self adjust when you attend any yoga class so it is up to each individual to continue working on themselves to see any progress.
It is also important to have an X-ray check up every 6 months or annually to make sure the exercises you are doing are actually beneficial and to monitor your curve.