I just finished a weekend workshop at the Yoga Sanctuary in Toronto, sponsored by new friends, Ashley and Bryon, who run Body Evolutions.
One of the highlights was the opportunity to work with a young woman with a 75° thoracic c-curve scoliosis stabilized by Harrington rod surgery. We played with combining warrior stance with asymmetrical arm movements to identify the most unstable combination. By varying the vector of her arm movements, she was able to activate long dormant muscles, helping to relieve some chronic pain under her right scapula.
It was very rewarding to help her discover how much rib cage movement she still had and experience freer breathing as a result. Lydia was able to snap some photos documenting her curve flattening out during this exploration.
All in all it was a fabulous weekend with a roomful of experienced teachers and studio owners. I look forward to returning to Toronto soon.
More photos available on Flickr (photo credit: Lydia Mann) .