The words of wisdom that ‘You are as young as the flexibility of your spine’ has its basis on truism. The yogic world expounds this theorem and there are abundant examples which proves this theory right.
Unlike animals who are on their fours, which allows them to distribute the weight bearing on wider base, the human stance which is upright exerts more pressure on the spinal column. This upright position while we are standing or the slouched position when we are sitting -both results in damage to our spine. This, in turn, leads to psycho-somatic consequences. To counter this damage, it is imperative to make extra vigilant efforts with regards to ensuring appropriate exercising of the spine. One, consciously, needs to include spine strengthening and stretching as a part of their daily activity and work out regime to further the objective towards keeping your spine supple and secure.
Stimulating your spine from different angles, using various yoga postures, helps lubricate the intervertebral discs and improves the health of the nerves by stretching and strengthening the spine. This results in improved movement of the body. Simple activities like sitting down and getting up do not seem to be a herculean task. Healthy spinal cord improves the functioning of the nervous system. The aches and the pains associated with one’s spine are eliminated. One feels light and bright.
The embedded video consists of 5 spinal movements which work on your spine to cover concave stretch, convex stretch, vertical stretch, lateral stretch and twisting. This leads to a complete workout for the optimal health of the spine. Recommended for back pain, sciatica, slip disc, frozen shoulder, tight shoulders, neck pain etc.
*Perform under expert supervision and in guidance of your doctor.
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Shammi Gupta, founder of Shammi’s Yogalaya holds an MA in Yoga Shastra, is a certified Yogic Therapist and Naturopath, has completed an Advanced Yoga Course and holds a Diploma in Yoga Education from Mumbai University. She is a certified trainer from American College of Sports Medicine and holds an MBA in HR & MBA in Finance from The University of Akron, Ohio, USA. She conducts Health Awareness Workshops for Corporate, Yogasana Workshops for Athletes and Yoga Therapy Workshops on different medical issues for patients. Among the celebrities Shammi trains are eminent personalities from the film and television industry and corporate world.