“In yoga, great emphasis is placed on the spine. It is said that the spine is like the trunk of a tree. Without the trunk, the tree has no support, no strength, no conduit for the supply of nutrients (or in the case of the spine—nerve signals). It has been observed that when the spine is compressed anxiety tends to be high and energy is low. In contrast, when the spine is erect and ‘extended’ there is more a sense of radiance and positivity.” ― Jax Pax
Normally, I like to have a nice little bit of poetry or literature to start these emails, but today I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share the above quote, because it is oh so relevant to this week's class!
Not only that, but to our lives as well.
How much time to we spend in a seated position? Spine erect (or rounded, depending on how tired you are maybe), shoulders hunched, glutes and legs unengaged.
It creates a lot of tension and compression in the spine, which in turn can lead to pinched nerves, lackluster muscle engagement, and poor posture.
And with poor posture comes poor energy. Why? Because the way we hold ourselves matters!
When we stand tall, with a long spine and open shoulders, we exude confidence. And in turn, we begin to feel confident. With one comes the other.
We have to embody the energy that we want to feel (fake it till you make it) until it comes naturally to us.
What do you think about this? Agree or disagree? Feel free to reply and let me know!
In the interim, roll out your mat for this luxurious heart opening and spinal health class, and just try to tell me that you don't have more energy for your day!
Sat Nam, Dylan