The spine is the axis of our being
The embryo in the womb first creates the central spinal axis and then the body grows around this axis, the axis of our individual world. The top and bottom of the body, the two sides and the back and front of the body develop soon after. We then spend the rest of our life with our spine “behind” us. We face the world and all of life moves from back to front, from the spine into the world.
The physical spine is one of the primary supporting structures for our body and mind. It is also the basis of our individual consciousness as the spinal cord where the nerve cells within the spine carry all those nerve signals that are required to sustain our waking, dreaming and sleeping states of being.
To awaken the spine what should/can we minimally do every day to keep our spine as strong, flexible and healthy as possible?
Flexibility postures and stretch technique partnered with pranayama (breath control) create a strong and flexible spine. They open the channels of the spine and support the unimpeded flow of nerve impulses, prana, and mental and spiritual energies
There are 5 major movements that the spine makes
These movements are:
- Flexion, rounds the spine forward
- Extension, rounds the spine back
- Rotation, twists the spine
- Side bending/Lateral flexion of the spine
- Axial extension, decompresses and vertically elongates the spine
A good format of practice will look to all of these five movements. With attention given to unloading the spine through axial extension making us often feel really good.
In daily life we tend to forget to take our spine through its full range of movements, the spine as a result gets stiffer and loses it fluidity.
A stiff or misaligned spine can have a drastic affect on areas radiating well beyond the spine. With chiropractors and osteopaths claiming the health of the spine potentially has an effect on the health of our organs owing to nerve endings or fascia damage that is connecting everything together.
Flexibility in practice is a personal affair. With the Flexibility of one being completely different from one spine to another. It is however about maintaining the flexibility and fluidity within YOUR spine alone and not that of your neighbour.
20 Minute Mindful Practice
5 Exercises for a healthy spinal practice
For each movement of the spine you will observe two choices of execution. Pick 5 to complete each day, to maintain yet within time you will observe increments to the fluidity, flexibility, strength and health of your spine.
Including Conscious breathing
One of the simplest and most powerful ways to awaken the spiritual spine is with the practice of the breath, our mind and awareness are all fused into a potent force that is made to travel up and down the spine. This combines and integrates physical, energetic and psychological energies to purify and transform body, mind and consciousness to the health of the spine.
By practicing and learning flexibility movements of the spine partnered with the power of the breath, it is sure to keep the spine young, healthy strong and flexible. A regular practice will prevent backpain and improve the quality of experience in the physical body.
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