Yoga and Scoliosis

with Susanne Lahusen

  Sat 18 Mar 2023




A clear vision of what is helpful, and what might need to be approached with caution in yoga classes.
For teachers (and interested students).

- £30 -

About the class

Yoga has a lot to offer for anyone with scoliosis.

For most people with scoliosis, general yoga classes are suitable and beneficial, but it really helps if both, teacher and student, have a clear vision of what is helpful, and what might need to be approached with caution.

The workshop will look at how different forms of scoliosis manifest, and how the rest of the body might respond to an increased lateral curvature and to increased rotation.

The emphasis will be on taking a highly positive approach that finds unique solutions for each practitioner, from someone with mild curvature to someone who has had surgical intervention.

The aim is not to alter structure but to improve function and enjoyment of all forms of movement, and to reduce and prevent pain.

Susanne, the teacher, has scoliosis, she has studied and lectured extensively on the subject, and worked with individual students with scoliosis in private practice. She also teaches the scoliosis module on a Yoga therapy Diploma course.

The workshop will last 2.5 hours, there will be theory, a hand-out, and a wealth of practical ideas and experiences.

About Susanne :

Susanne has been teaching yoga since the early 1990’s. Her own practice started with Ashtanga, Iyengar and Scaravelli yoga. She gradually began to evolve her unique style of teaching vinyasa flow classes based on somatic principles as well as addressing current research in anatomy and biomechanics.

Susanne holds a Yogacampus level 2 teaching qualification accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga. She also has a BSc in Movement Studies and Sports Science, an MA in Dance, and advanced certification in Pilates, fitness, gyrotonic, and The Alexander Technique. In addition, she has attended many courses on movement improvisation, Feldenkrais, Body Mind Centring, breath work and myofascial techniques. Susanne previously ran a Pilates Foundation teacher training course, and, for many years, has taught at London Contemporary Dance School, and previously at the Circus Space and Trinity Laban.

She is a teacher for experiential anatomy and sequencing on the Yogacampus Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Diploma courses, as well as giving classes at The Life Centre. In recent years, she has run many workshops: on yoga as a somatic practice, on hypermobility, and how to include more dynamic stability into yoga, as well as on the art of sequencing.

Her teaching philosophy is to respect individual variations and solutions, whilst encouraging personal challenges and continuous growth and learning.