The spine is our central axis of support and our unifying scaffold for movement. Its unique structure makes it incredibly strong and mobile at the same time. Protector of the spinal cord, the spine is the home of our extended nervous system and provides the vital corridor for extending our brain into our body.
Many people struggle with back and spine issues from daily activities such as sitting, driving, and working at desks. Yoga can be a very therapeutic practice for creating spinal awareness as well as strengthening the postural muscles that can become weakened by daily life. The yoga practice also provides a unique opportunity to move the spine in all directions through a full range of motion.
By understanding the anatomy of the spine, you will be better equipped to confidently and safely teach asana in a way that can help safeguard and improve the spinal health of your students.