An extremely important part of your yoga practise is to understand and get to know your spine. If you've come to this practise to heal your body, try not to see this exercise as a chore. Remember, when you get to know and understand your body intimately, your not only training/working with your self from unhealthy to health, but your also training yourself for joy. There's nothing more stunning than feeling great. The vibrancy that comes from a healthy body is amazing. To feel open, free, grounded, but energised, really at peace with the way you move can have a powerful effect on your world. Its an honest connection that enhances with each practise. Three aspects that need to be highlighted before you begin -
1) Be mindful of the “I'm ok” effect and only focusing on your body and giving it attention when it feels bad. Ignoring your body when it feels good only to go around like a bear with a sore head when it collapses actually isn't giving your body much positive awareness to go on. How can your body recognise health if its not acknowledged? To stay in health, pay attention to health.
2) “The nothing works” effect. If your body goes when you've been practising don't despair. Do be honest, but don't give up, be gentle. An old injury may have been highlighted or you may be working with years of build up that need love, attention and kindness. Focus on the spaces between a flare up and see if you can widen them.
3) Make highlighting your health a priority. Glass half full. Its extremely important to keep highlighting the parts of you that feel healthy so your nerve pathways, you, your body know what you want. You're training yourself to feel good, to feel a finger stretching vibrancy that makes you feel happy to be alive. Strong, beautiful, able to create and maintain a genuine, decent relationship with yourself.
It starts here.
Get to know your spine
1) Your spine nourishes your whole being, I want you to research how your spine works. Google, look at, collect as much information/pictures/understanding that you can. See it. How can you imagine it in your body. This is vital research for health and deepening your yoga practise.
2) Research exactly how it moves and works.
3) How does it move in relation to your shoulders and your hips.
4) Make sure your clear enough to be able to answer questions.
Don't skip this part. Remember your training yourself to feel and recognise joy/health and the differences in your body. You don't have to be a teacher to know this, but you do want a solid foundation so you can enjoy your body. Its worth the effort.
IF RECOVERING FROM AN INJURY ITS IMPORTANT YOU CHECK WITH YOUR GP OR DOCTOR BEFORE COMMENCING ANY EXERCISES.
CLEAR FITNESS 2017.