Awaken Your Spine | Morning Yoga
From Travis Kā’eo
An in-depth look into practice
As a result of existing on the beautiful planet called Earth, we are subject to gravity – this force that is unseen, yet felt. In a way, gravity is pure energy. This morning yoga flow is designed to explore this idea of gravity.
Studies show throughout the day, as gravity acts upon our body, we can lose as much as an inch of height by the end of the day. When we go to sleep, our spine is supported and instead of compressing upon our spine, gravity allows each vertebrae to spread apart as we lay on our back or side. When this happens, Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) rushed in to the space between vertebrae and returns in to homeostasis.
This process does not simply have to take place at night. In fact, if it only ever takes place throughout the night, and we spend more time upright than on our sides of back, over time gravity will win the battle. This is how people ‘shrink’ over time – more time spend under the influence of gravity. By spending a few moments at the start of the day to lengthen our spine, we maximize the amount of CSF flowing into our vertebrae and rejuvenate our physical being.
In Western Science, the spine is arguably the most important part of our physical body. All of our nerves flow through our spinal column. Motor nerves carry sensation to the spine and brain and sensory nerves carry impulses from the spine back to the muscles to act upon what we are feeling. This is a very important relationship when it comes to the union, or yoga, or our physical bodies. The more supple our spine the deeper we can connect to sensation and act accordingly – especially in the form of non-reaction.
In Eastern Science, the spine is associated with the Sushumna Nadi. The Sanskrit word nadi translated to ‘channel’ and sushumna means ‘joyful mind’. This is the channel on which all seven of our chakras, or energetic bodies, rest. This is the channel that must be clear in order to elevate consciousness. This is where we must start and this is where we will end at the Sahasrara Chakra in the state of Samadhi.
Regardless of how we choose to look at this part of our body, the conclusion is the same – it is essential. So revel in it, give it the time it deserves, and enjoy.
From a taller me to a taller you.
- Ragdoll (Uttānāsana)
- Equestrian Pose (Ashva Shanchalanasana)
- Mountain Pose (Tādāsana)
- Low Cobra (Bhujañgāsana)
- Embryo Pose (Balasana)
- Cow/ Cat (Marjari-āsana)
- Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Śvanāsana)
- Rabbit Pose (Shashankasana)
- Tiger Pose (Vyaghrasana)
- Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottānāsana)
- Happy Baby (Ananda Balasana)