“Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.”
– Bob Harper
What better way to look after your spine than to enjoy a session in our hot yoga studio? Making sure your muscles and joints can perform at their best will help you look after your back.
The vertebral column is made up of 33 bones stacked on top of each other with bony prominences to allow for the attachment of the back muscles. One of its jobs is to protect the spinal cord which transmits the nerve impulses to muscles, prompting them to contract and move.
There are five regions of the vertebral column with different jobs to do, all working in harmony to keep us fit and flexible:
- Cervical – these vertebrae support the head
- Thoracic – these allow for the attachment of the ribs
- Lumbar – this is your lower back
- Sacral – these are very strong bones fused together to support the weight of the upper body
- Coccyx – this is a small, triangular bone at the bottom of the spine
The vertebral column has a natural curve to it. Any imbalance in the muscles or postural problems that cause this natural curve to go out of shape can cause problems, such as pain or a loss of movement.
Our everyday lives can place stress on our vertebral column, for instance, if we sit hunched over a computer for long periods of time. Yoga can help to reduce the effects of our busy lives, by allowing us time to concentrate on our posture and on getting our muscles perfectly balanced.
Please consult your doctor before making changes to your lifestyle such as going on a diet or embarking on an exercise programme.