Wednesday, 5 November 2014

How yoga helps with the health of the spine




Your spine is a really important part of your body.  It consists of small bones called vertebrae which protect the spinal cord, an extension of the brain.  From this spinal cord arise 31 pairs of nerves which control movement and feed sensory information to the brain.  Sometimes the spinal cord directs movement without involving the brain initially.  For instance if you were to accidently touch something hot, a 'reflex arc' involving only your spinal cord would cause you to quickly withdraw your hand.  Only then would the information be relayed to the brain. The spinal nerves also control the functioning of the internal organs.  

Yogis believe that 'you are as young as your spine is flexible'.  Yoga certainly helps with the flexibility of the spine by putting the spine through its complete range of motion.  There are six natural movements of the spine, that is forward and back, lateral stretch to the right and left, twist to the right and left.  We explore the flexibility of the spine in our first video on spinal health.

The muscles of the core support the lower spine preventing the 'rounding' that so often can occur in the lower back which leads to back pain. In our second video we practice yoga poses that will strengthen muscles supporting the spine.  

Yoga also creates 'space' in the spine.  This is important because where vertebrae are compressed the intervertebral discs which act as 'shock absorbers' can become herniated and the vertebrae themselves may wear.  We will 'open up' the spine through yoga in our third video.

Earlier in the 'How yoga boosts health' series we focused on how yoga helps with posture. Good posture is important for correct alignment of the spine which in turn prevents wear and tear on the vertebrae and also prevents the intervertebral discs from herniating.  In the video 'How yoga boosts health - Posture 3' http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/how-yoga-boosts-health-posture-3.html we focused on stretching the hamstrings and hip flexors'.  Where these are tight they can pull the lower spine out of alignment leading to back pain.  
Your spine is a really important part of your body, so please take good care of it.
Namaste 
Janet x

Please note-these videos are not intended for people who have spinal health problems. They are intended to prevent spinal health problems.



How Yoga Boosts Health-Spinal health-1 http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/
Please read my blog disclaimer before following these videos http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/p/disclaimer.html
Article that accompanies this video http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/how-yoga-helps-with-health-of-spine.html
Please note as of August 2014 I am no longer a donation based yoga teacher. Thank you

Please note-these videos are not intended for people who have spinal health problems. They are intended to prevent spinal health problems.




How Yoga Boosts Health-Spinal health-2 http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/
Please read my blog disclaimer before following these videos http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/p/disclaimer.html
Article that accompanies this video http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/how-yoga-helps-with-health-of-spine.html
Please note as of August 2014 I am no longer a donation based yoga teacher. Thank you
Copyright © 2014 Flexiladiesyoga

Please note-these videos are not intended for people who have spinal health problems. They are intended to prevent spinal health problems.




How Yoga Boosts Health-Spinal health-3 http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/
Please read my blog disclaimer before following these videos http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/p/disclaimer.html
Article that accompanies this video http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/how-yoga-helps-with-health-of-spine.html
Please note as of August 2014 I am no longer a donation based yoga teacher. Thank you
Copyright © 2014 Flexiladiesyoga

Copyright © 2014 Flexiladiesyoga

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