Yoga, Spondylolysis & Spondylolisthesis

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson we introduce the “spondy” conditions: spondylosis, spondylitis, spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis.


Differentiate spondylosis, spondylitis, spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis and become familiar with spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis. (The other two conditions are covered in our arthritis section.)


Provide simple and clear differentiation of spondylosis, spondylitis, spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis. Explain where in the body spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis normally occur and who is at increased risk for these conditions. Note a common cause and potential symptoms. Describe cautions for working with a student with these conditions and explain how yoga might help. Provide a list of poses and types of sequences you might consider.

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