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    Iyengar Yoga

    Does anyone have experience with Iyengar Yoga? I've just started classes with a certified Yogi and would love to hear what others may be doing and what their experience has been ...

    From the NIH:

    "A regimen of Iyengar Yoga combined with movement reeducation based on perceptual and motor development from Body-Mind Centering and The Feldenkrais Method may be very useful in reducing pain and improving the well-being and functional abilities in idiopathic scoliosis regardless of age."

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2938654/

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    Mamamax! good to see you again. I'm in contact with an IY teacher of your country who had a big curve. I have sent you a PM.

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    Thank you, good to see you too! Tell me more of the Yogi ) Mine is 82 years old, though one would never think so. He's actually touted as "America's Yogi," Not by himself or through his advertising, but by others and word of mouth - wonder if he is the same man you are in touch with?

    I'm just beginning classes with him but even after the first session I could feel a therapeutic difference in the way I was standing and moving throughout the day. Following the first lesson, the next morning my legs were so sore that I felt I had walked for miles (my back felt great). Shocked me really, as the asanas felt very low impact while doing them. I have a new respect for Yoga as an exercise!

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    Hi all,

    Just wanted to add I found Iyengar Yoga to be really, really helpful for helping with alignment and relieving pain. If you haven't checked her out already, you might want to look for http://www.ebmyoga.com Elyse Browning Miller. She has a video "Yoga for Scoliosis" (you can purchase on Amazon) and she trains under the Iyengars in India.

    Good luck!
    Surgery Jan 6, 2014 at 38 yrs
    Posterior Fusion T10-L4, osteotomy 1 lev.
    Pre op-Thoracolumbar Curve-50 degrees

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    Thank you for that Spring, that's been my personal observation from the start too. Do you still practice? Unfortunately video instruction just doesn't work well for me. Guess I need a more guided method till I feel confident with the asanas. My class has a pre lesson session consisting an interactive lecture/meditation hour that proves an interesting addition to the Yoga hour as well.

    I have a boxed set of Browning's videos that I purchased a few years ago. Will be happy to gift them to anyone who would like them, just send me a PM.

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    I've done it for a couple of years before going on a different program for my back. I also have Browning-Miller's DVD, but found it extremely basic, too basic. Still, it's pretty impressive that she is quite fit with what I understand are moderate to severe curves that she claims to have contained/reduced.
    I think if you were to do a yoga discipline with scoliosis, Iyengar is definitely the one to do, but with caveats. First of all you have to know your particular body very well and team up with an instructor who has knowledge of your specific problem. It's good for building core strength - glutes, abs, etc and stretching muscles that need to be stretched. But it can also have a destabilizing effect (the twist poses, various arch poses, extreme side bends). I've stopped doing it now in favor of a different approach.

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