Periodically, an article or video related to the benefits of yoga appears on facebook and in the news.
Although we all know the world is full of acclaims for curative products and services, most of the recent news about yoga supports my own finding that yoga, when practiced carefully, consciously and regularly, can be transformative and healing.
Just as we can engage in a misalignment of our bodies when bending over our car's steering wheels, curving our spines to look at our cell phones, and slumping forward when using our computers, etc. yoga poses, when properly assumed and held, can enable the body to realign itself. As a result, we are often able to experience less pain, feel a greater sense of wellbeing and even look better. On the other hand, yoga, when practiced competitively and without informed guidance or experience, has been known to cause injury and disappointment.
Here's a link to an article about yoga and scoliosis.
While the pose mentioned is not one I'd recommend for everyone, it is a pose that builds strength, helps with balance and has proven beneficial to me and others. There are many others that can help with knees, shoulders, necks, hips, etc.
It's important to consider that the body we've each been given is an adaptive miracle that often needs the kind of help that yoga and other healthy practices can provide. Be open to this.