How to Overcome Your Fear of Doing Yoga with scoliosis!

Scoliosis has us “bent out of shape”, so you need to start Very Small. Dip your toe in the waters of yoga and face your fears one day at a time!

Don’t force yourself to do yoga for an hour if you’ve never done yoga! I don’t even do that! The pain in my neck would not allow it. The best thing to do is start small, even if it’s only 5 minutes a day. Just be consistent and practice every single day! Soon, you’ll be able to increase your time and intensity gradually. That’s the key. Each day for a few minutes!

If you can’t commit to taking 5 minutes out of your day to help ease the chronic pain from your scoliosis, increase flexibility and blood flow, and decrease stress and the risk of falling in your elderly years…. and so much more. Then, I can’t help you.

Only YOU can decide to do something for yourself. I constantly hear excuses, from others, about why they don’t even want to try. Most of the time, the excuse is the fear of falling, which is understandable, but that is simply ignorance. I explain and demonstrate very simple standing poses (with option to hold a chair or even being seated) to help with balance, ligament and muscle strength, and posture correction. I say just do these three poses everyday and you will be able to feel more confident and sturdy. Their response… More excuses and irresponsibility about time management. And they never, not a one time, even try the poses on their own.

Tree Pose is great for stability! Even if you have to hold a chair or wall. Even if your foot can’t lift past your ankle. Even if you only hold it for 5 seconds. Start somewhere.

Point being, if you really care about your health and relieving pain from your scoliosis, even in the smallest amount, you would try! Especially, when its just a few minutes or seconds of your day.

Pigeon Pose is an excellent hip opener! One of my long time faves. My entire thoracic spine is fused with 2 rods and a ton of screw, but this pose is easy and feels amazing!

Also, don’t ask for advice if you aren’t going to take it. It makes me frustrated when people have so many questions for me and then come up with excuses not to improve their health.

Sorry for the rant lol

Garland Pose took me YEARS to get!!! Be patient

If you are serious about yoga, I HIGHLY recommend the FitOn App! (Not sponsored!) It’s 100% free and provides you a custom workout plan with the best YouTube and celebrity trainers, based on your preference and fitness level! They even have 5 minute yoga before bed and a 3 minute stretch for office workers at their desk! If you click on the link, you can become friends with me on there and we can do workouts together from afar!

King Pigeon Pose is difficult with my spinal fusion, but my lower back flexibility and hip mobility is improving! In the same way as shoulders rotate, your hip sockets should be able to fully rotate. Sounds kinda gross, I know.

It would also be a great idea to crosstrain by incorporating strength training or pilates, so the basic poses become easier quicker. It’s all about building skills! Working on your core will also increase your balance if you fear falling!

Be patient with yourself and try!

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