Yoga for Kyphosis | Holy Yoga Therapy

I now teach a seniors class with a room full of aged care students, often suffering from bone and spinal issues.  Kyphosis is not the most common but prevalent enough that prevents the students from being able to sit up tall in class, even if this is a chair yoga class I teach.   It’s interesting to understand and study whether emotional issues that are deep-seated is the larger cause of this misalignment or whether genuine poor posture is the larger cause.  With my current observations, those who suffer from kyphosis often have a deeper story hidden within their hearts.  Your body naturally protects your heart (emotions) even on a physical level by hunching or collapsing inwards to protect it.
SPECIFIC ISSUE

Kyphosis

THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR THIS ISSUE (SYMPTOM CONTROL)

Kyphosis is an excessive outward curvature in the thoracic spine (upper back) that creates a ‘hunchback’ appearance.  This condition often brings on back pain, ranging from mild pain to more severe pain and difficulty in breathing and digestion.
There are several causes of kyphosis and this program here only attempts to address symptoms of kyphosis NOT resulting from congenital disorders, arthritis, osteoporosis or any bone degeneration dysfunctions in the body.   This program is designed for kyphosis often caused by chronically holding poor posture over time.
The benefits of Holy Yoga for kyphosis are:
  1. to stretch and strengthen the muscles causing the issue
  2. to bring awareness of correct spinal alignment
  3. to draw attention and bring awareness of any emotional issues that may be causing kyphosis
  4. to bring healing of any emotional issues attached to the cause of kyphosis
  5. re-train the body and implement lifestyle changes to minimise spinal alignment issues


CONTRAINDICATIONS
1. If your symptoms are severe, do not start or engage in any physical or yoga therapy without first getting clearance from your medical practitioner.
2. If your kyphosis is caused by osteoporosis, severe scoliosis, spondylitis and any other bone degeneration dysfunctions, take caution or completely avoid reclining, back bending poses and spinal twists.
3. If there are any sharp pains while doing yoga poses, stop immediately.  Consult your yoga therapist to ensure the poses have been carried out correctly and if the sharp pain persists every time you get into a pose, stop and seek medical practitioner’s advice.

15-30 MINUTE FLOW
1. Mountain pose with eyes closed (5 breaths and notice alignment of the body)
2. Son Salutation B
3. Easy seated (SSRS)
4. Cow face arms (with strap.  Left & Right)
5. Extended Childs pose
6. Cobra pose
7. Extended Childs pose
8. Bow pose (with strap)
9. Locust pose
10. Extended Childs pose
11. Bridge pose

12.  Reclining Supported Bound Angle (rolled up mat underneath the back at the bottom of the ribs but above the lumbar)

REFERENCES:

  1. http://www.lexiyoga.com/yoga-for-kyphosis
  2. http://www.yogabasics.com/learn/yoga-poses-for-kyphosis/
  3. http://www.medicinenet.com/kyphosis/page2.htm#what_are_the_symptoms_of_kyphosis
  4. http://www.yogajournal.com/article/practice-section/break-out-of-your-slump/
  5. http://www.bodiempowerment.com/advanced-posture-exercises/
  6. https://www.yogauonline.com/yogau-wellness-blog/yoga-exercises-for-hunched-back-hyperkyphosis
  7. http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/spinal-deformities/kyphosis-causes-and-treatment
  8. http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/guide/types-of-spine-curvature-disorders
*Disclaimer:
These suggestions offered in the Holy Yoga With LoveJosephine yoga classes or therapy programs on www.lovejosephine.com are not intended to replace medical recommendations by your medical practitioners. It is highly recommended and, in most cases, essential that you stay compliant to the treatment advice given by a western medical professional.
The suggestions and educational resource offered by Holy Yoga with LoveJosephine on www.lovejosephine.com are meant to be observed and used in conjunction with medical treatment. Neither the therapy programs nor yoga classes are designed nor recommended to replace medical treatment.The resources offered here are intended to complement and support the medical treatment targeting the specified issue, with the goal of enhancing the well-being of the patient.

 

 

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