One of the seven keys of Dru yoga is the Spinal Wave.
“Life and vitality are brought to the spine by the natural wave-like movements created from the base to the top of the spine when we move and breathe correctly. These movements also encourage the free flow of cerebrospinal fluid and other bodily secretions. Muscles receive their instructions from the brain via the spinal cord, therefore it is vital to maintain a healthy, flexible and strong spine through this natural wave-like movement”.
From Dru Yoga, Stillness in Motion by Barrington, Goswami and Jones
Yoga is incredibly good for the spine, both in preventing problems and in relieving back pain. In Dru yoga, the spine is thought of as a dynamic, living being, with the spinal wave being a key to the movement. This wave encourages movement of the spine from the base to the top and makes you aware of moving each of the 24 (movable) vertebrae individually. Tadasana, the mountain pose helps to improve our posture by maintaining the normal S-shape curve, which takes strain off the spine. Developing core strength through many of the postures creates a circle of strength around the centre of the trunk, protecting and stabilising the spine.
Every yoga class benefits the spine, but this week in particular, we’ll be thinking about the spine and doing some postures for spinal health.
Top five tips for spinal health
- every day, move the spine forwards, backwards, sideways and twist it
- drink plenty of water to keep the discs hydrated
- if you sit or drive a lot, take a break regularly and arch the spine backwards
- be aware of your standing posture – stand tall, weight balanced equally on both feet
- take care when you lift anything – bend the knees and engage your core muscles