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Kundalini Yoga’s Role in the Health of Your Spine

yoga posesw“The flexible spine holds your entire nervous system.”
~Yogi Bhajan
80-90% of the population suffers from spinal pain at some point in their life, and if you have ever had back pain, you know how debilitating it can be.

 

While running or going to the gym can be a great workout for your body, these forms of exercise don’t focus on the health of your spine.  This is where Kundalini Yoga comes in.  With gentle, simple, repetitive movements, Kundalini Yoga focuses on getting the energy moving in your spine.

 

But what is the spine?
  • The spine is made up of a series of bones stacked on top of each other that houses and protects the spinal cord.
  • The spinal cord is a column of nerve fibers that branch off into the rest of the body responsible for sending and receiving messages from the brain. It is through the spinal cord and its branching nerves that the brain influences the rest of the body, controlling movement and organ function.

 

In simpler terms, think of your nerve fibers like cables running from your computer. What happens if one of the cables is destroyed or unplugged? It affects the whole system…

 

How do you protect the spine?? The key to maintaining a healthy spine is flexibility.

 

We know the dangers of not being flexible include:
  • stiffness
  • poor posture
  • back pain
  • movement limitations
  • risk for injury to muscles, tendons, and ligaments
  • many other health complications.
Kundalini Yoga incorporates exercises to keep the spine flexible, to help maintain a healthy back, and to maintain youth.  Try this Basic Spinal Energy Series to get started!
Reference Source:  http://www.spiritvoyage.com/blog/index.php/staying-young-kundalini-yoga-for-the-spine/