INTRODUCTION TO YOGA FOR PEOPLE WITH SCOLIOSIS
With Jen Gorman, RYT, YACEP
Sunday, June 4, 10 am -1 pm
Max students – 12
3 CEs with Yoga Alliance for Registered Yoga Teachers
June is Scoliosis Awareness Month!
Join Jen Gorman for workshop focused on practicing yoga with scoliosis. We’ll learn about the anatomy of the spine and scoliosis. Then we’ll explore fundamental principles of working with scoliosis – axial elongation, global expansion, and opening up the concavities or areas of collapse. We’ll then apply these principles to our yoga practice through awareness, breath, and poses.
This workshop is intended for people (and their friends and family) with scoliosis as well as wellness practitioners who work with clients that have scoliosis. People with spinal fusions are always welcome. Prior experience with yoga is helpful but all levels may participate.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Jen Gorman is a scoliosis and spinal fusion patient, advocate, and teacher. Jen was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of eleven. Less than a year later she underwent spinal fusion surgery where bone from her right iliac crest fused her thoracic vertebrae (T3-T10) secured by a Harington rod. Jen danced professionally in high school and then attended the University of Notre Dame where she studied accounting. She became a Certified Public Accountant and then quickly returned to dancing professionally. Although these experiences differed significantly physically, her back was sensitive regardless of whether she sat all day or danced all day. She frequently experienced a certain level of discomfort and pain.
Jen began practicing yoga to balance her body from the many hours of dancing. She discovered that yoga combined with other methods of cross training allowed her to manage and all together avoid pain. Eventually, she found her way into a yoga and scoliosis class and then a yoga and spinal fusions class in New York City. These classes brought to light an even deeper understanding of her body as well as the effects of scoliosis and her spinal fusion.
Jen teaches yoga, Pilates, and strength training.
Learn more about Jen at www.scoliosisandbackcare.com or email her at email@example.com.