Spinal Flow Intention

Welcome to Spinal Flow Yoga…

Please understand, this is not Hatha, Ashtanga, or Kundalini yoga. Rather, it’s designed specifically for those with neck and back pain who perhaps otherwise can’t do regular yoga. So it’s going to feel different from all of those, much the same as each practice feels different from each other.

Someone called it the CrossFit of yoga. I do love my weightlifting and I do like CrossFit, so I’ll take that as a compliment, but I hope that doesn’t turn anyone off. What you should expect is an emphasis on movement, stretch, strength, and endurance around the spine. However the spine itself will be gaining strength and endurance isometrically, that means without movement and without stretch. Unfortunately, vertebral discs don’t respond to repeated and prolonged stretches the way other joints do. Instead when overdone they can bulge, herniate, degenerate, and the bony facet joints around them become arthritic, all of which causes pain, which can and will in the long term decrease spine range of motion as well as cause muscle weakness, possibly preventing you from fully enjoying all else that yoga has to offer. While some motion around the spine is undeniably good, if you are having spine pain or numbness in the arms and legs with other asanas, then you are probably getting too much spinal stretch during your day. This is likely more to blame with our modern day flexed sitting postures that our yoga forefathers didn’t have to deal with when they were designing their routines and hence why many are having problems now that prior cultures didn’t suffer.

So with that understanding, I hope you’ll understand that certain parts will be different. It will feel more like a “workout,” you’ll be building considerable muscle strength and endurance, with lesser but still some flexibility. However, unlike a regular gym workout, it will heavily emphasize other yoga traits, like balance and constant attention. This will help you focus your mind on the present and get fully out of your head and daily thoughts for the entire hour. At the same time, you’ll be learning fantastic spine awareness uncommon to other workouts, weights, machines, or not and you’ll be able to perform it anywhere. Hopefully you’ll be able to reflect upon this after we are done tensing our muscles, taking a full ten minutes to fully relax and meditate in savasana. So with an open mind and open heart, we hope you’ll try Spinal Flow Yoga with good intentions. With that let’s begin by centering our spine…