The upright spinal column represents “our main evolutionary trait” at the biological level, but this characteristic also makes it capable of conducting all the nerve impulses that enter and leave through the spinal cord.
According to the Zen doctor and monk Mariano Giacobone: “There is a flow of vital energy or Chi that runs through it and its correct position even influences the normal functioning of the internal organs. When the back, that is, the spine, is straight, the flow of blood and energy is abundant and the brain receives enough nutrition and information and vice versa ”.
Hence, a bent, crooked or inflexible back makes us age faster by reducing our ability to adapt; the energy flow in its unobstructed path “can increase intelligence and allow the expansion of consciousness.”
Knowing this, we bring you four positions to keep the spine healthy:
1 Bhujangasana, the Cobra Pose. As Swami Prabodhananda Saraswati explains, the Cobra pose is essential for developing strength and flexibility in the entire back, while toning the legs and buttocks, increasing circulation, and helping kidney function.
2. Vrksasana, the Tree pose it puts into play the stability of the spine and the strength of the feet and legs. Oxygenates the intervertebral discs.
3. Navasana, the Boat pose. Tones the abdomen and all the muscles of the back. By strengthening your back muscles, you protect your lower back.
4. Dandasana, the cane pose. For the teacher Anne Moxey, performing this asana has the benefits of strengthening the muscles of the back, helping to improve body posture, extending the shoulders and opening the chest, among others. It is essentially about maintaining a long and straight spine while under load, which makes it much easier to maintain correct posture when standing, sitting, or walking.
Good posture not only helps reduce the risk of stress on the body, but also results in a pronounced upward flow of energy. This makes it an ideal position to explore the concept of prana or energy flowing through the chakras or the energy centers of the subtle body. (To be continue…).