To begin our work on Restorative yoga we are looking at alignment – building our stance from the feet up.
This week we saw how posture effects the alignment of the spine and how this can have a knock-on effect on the nervous system.
As the nerves travel through the spine – down the central cavity and in between the vertebrae – it stands to reason that any misalignment due to injury or bad posture will have and effect on your body and mind.
When the body is in correct alignment there will be less tension and the restorative postures we do will be most effective.
Below is the chart I showed in class which indicated problems and their possible sources if nerves become pressured by the spine…
You can find another version here
This is only meant to high-light how important posture and alignment are in our lives – not for self diagnoses or to worry you.
Stretching out the spine in the 6 main directions, as we do in yoga, and awareness of good posture should enable all of us to move with grace and live in peace – free from limitations of pain.