Alfonso Castano, the Co-Founder and Director of Rayo de la Vida, is a specialist in using specialized Yoga to help people with Scoliosis. In Palo Alto, California, Alfonso trained under the mentorship of Elise Browning Miller, the worldwide expert on treating Yoga with Scoliosis.
At Rayo de la Vida, Alfonso Castano teaches people with Scoliosis the proper Yoga poses and sequences for their specific types of Scoliosis. On-going practice can reduce pain, enhance flexibility and alleviate issues related to the Scoliosis.
In addition, Alfonso Castano teaches Workshops for practitioners who seek to know more about the practice of Yoga for Scoliosis.
If you or family member has Scoliosis and you would like to consider the practice of Yoga for Scoliosis, make an appointment with Alfonso Castano for an initial assessment. email: Alfonso@rayodelavida.com
Alfonso works with private clients at his studio in Palma and Fornalutx. A minimum of two sessions is recommended. The first session is usually for 90 minutes. During this private session, Alfonso will teach a yoga sequences for you to do at home with specific yoga postures that will address your needs with regards to scoliosis, back issues, sports injuries or simply assisting you to begin a personal practice.
Alfonso sees continuing students privately who want more individual attention and correction than in a public yoga class and wish to deepen their personal practice.
A 90 minute follow-up session is recommended within a month to fine-tune and correct the poses that were given in the first session and to add other poses.
Follow-up sessions are available weekly, monthly or even yearly, as is appropriate to your proximity and individual situation.
On a case-by- case basis, Alfonso is able to offer private sessions while teaching a workshop in other cities and countries. Please contact Alfonso for more information.
“Healing is much more than straightening a scoliosis curve or curing a disease. It’s learning to love and nurture ourselves and trust our inner knowing to guide us to a vibrant state of being”Elise Browning Miller
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curve of the spine with a rotational component. Although scoliosis is widely considered to be a problem which appears in adolescence, the condition has become much more common in adults. In the past, Doctors believed that not much could be done to help people with scoliosis except for severe cases where spinal fusion surgery would be recommended. And for more moderate cases, Doctors would often prescribe a brace for the spine.
In recent years, many prominent Doctors and specialists have come to recognize the therapeutic benefits of specialized Yoga techniques to manage the effects of Scoliosis and also to reverse abnormal spinal curvature and compression.
Specialized Yoga for Scoliosis is becoming widely recognized by prominent doctors and specialists as a means to reduce pain and to find more symmetry and balance in the Spine.
Why Yoga for Scoliosis?
“Yoga, meaning yoke or union, is an ancient physical mental and spiritual practice with its roots going back 5,000 years to India. The practice of hatha yoga which includes the physical postures, breathing techniques and relaxation has many physical benefits such as improved posture and increased flexibility and strength.”
“The body with scoliosis has developed a highly sophisticated compensating ‘act’ and it can also learn a more refined symmetrical ‘act’ with proper instruction. By combining the yoga postures with breathing awareness, one can develop a structural alignment, creating a more normal symmetrical alignment. This is accomplished by stretching muscles that have tightened and strengthening muscles that have become weak from this asymmetrical imbalance. Thereby the body will create a more effortless posture using the bone structure, rather than over working the muscles to hold itself up. Through yoga, one can find that balance point that allows the scoliosis curve to coexist with gravity and activates the body’s natural plumb line. The result for most people with scoliosis is better posture and less pain.”
“Choosing to do yoga for scoliosis requires commitment and inner awareness. With scoliosis, it is important to not expect perfection but instead accept oneself, and find ones own optimal alignment and center. As there is beauty in the straight alignment of a palm tree, there is also beauty of an oak tree with it’s many twists and turns. Psychologically, doing yoga is very empowering. It gives hope that we can do something to improve our condition and our quality of living.” – Elise Browning Miller, “Yoga for Scoliosis, A Path for Students and Teachers”