Yin Yoga can been an incredible tool to keep our spine healthy!
Our spine is the centre of our body, the core of the body or the axis. The spine together with the ribs and skull is anatomically referred to as the “axial body”. The libs are referred to as the “appendicular body”. The axial body allows stresses to be transmitted between the arms (upper appendicular structures) and the legs (lower appendicular structures). The spine has to support the weight of our body in an upright position, it therefore needs to be stable; however, the importance of stable and supported movement is often under represented in modern yoga. There is a real need to adapt the practice of yoga to all spines (and all bodies). Moving away from the idea of yoga being inacessible to most bodies is what we all need.
Have you ever been to a yoga class in which you did not feel like what you were doing was for YOUR body, but based on a general idea of how one SHOULD look in a certain posture?
I have, many times.
In yoga we often talk about a so-called “neutral spine”. However, it is important to know that there is no such thing a perfect neutral alignment, as that is constructed on an average that is likely not to be your or mine. The spine has 4 natural curves, 2 concae and 2 convex:
Although there is a calculated average for these curvature, the likelihood is that we are not average. We are all unique, as such, so should our yoga practice. So a neutral alignment will look different for different people. OUR neutral alignment is a place in which we can find a position where we feel the least amount of tension in our spine.
Yoga can be of great help for the health of our spine. This can happen not just when we practice in the most diffused version of the practice (an active, yang practice). It also happens during a passive practice. Yin Yoga helps to bring space in the body and mindfullness to FEEL the body and understand what it needs. The fact that Yin Yoga focuses on individual anatomy rather than strict alignment is even more important in our modern world, in which many of us spend a long time seated, at desks, driving or working very manual jobs. Our bodies are unique and they are changed by times and the activities we perform on a daily basis.
Would you like to try a yin yoga class to help keep your spine healthy? The class below is for you. We focus on slow, minful movement and long holds. The reason is to be able to target the deeper tissues, the fascia and connective tissues that connect our muscles all the way down to the bones.