Elongate the Spine with Sushumna

April 15, 2019

Your spine is comprised of 33 vertebral bones, neatly stacked from largest, at the bottom, to smallest, at the top. Fluid-filled intervertebral discs separate each vertebra and act as cushioning shock absorbers that support your upright posture. The squishy discs lose some of their fluid throughout the day. Thus, at the end of the day, your spine is slightly compressed from its natural state. In healthy individuals, the intervertebral fluid naturally replenishes overnight with proper rest and hydration.

Elongate the Spine with Sushumna l Mukha Yoga

Increased spine flexibility and stronger postural muscles can help you stand taller. Spine-lengthening yoga postures elongate key muscle groups for improved skeletal alignment and load distribution up and down the spine. Tried and true yoga poses include mountain pose, downward dog, and wheel. Integrating a five minute pranayama before your asana can also expand your practice and literally breathe life into your spine.

Sushumna, the channel of energy flowing at the spine’s core, once ignited through practice, is like the eye of the storm. It is unaffected by the powerful energies of polarity swirling around it. Sushumna is the hub of your life force energy, the empty space of absolute being within you.

To establish sushumna, focus on the stream of energy flowing at your nose to draw your attention inward along the central nervous system channel, which leads from the base of your nose to the center between your eyebrows and down along your spine. Tuck your chin into your chest and press your shoulders back as you inhale and press the crown of your head into the sky. Every now and then throughout the day, repeat these motions to activate the energy that lives within your spine. Stay hydrated, get the proper amount of sleep, and keep stoking the inner fire of sushumna to keep your body connected and awake. Namaste.

Zia Estrella l Mukha YogaBy Zia Estrella; All Rights Reserved @2019



Also in The Community Hub

Mudra Series: Prana

May 13, 2021

Think of the prana mudra as if it's coffee and a weekly planner all in one. Using this mudra may make you more energized and efficient when you feel anxious, stressed, and sluggish. 
Read More
Intro to Tibetan Prayer Flags

May 10, 2021

You may have seen colorful rectangular pieces of cloth strung and hung near doorways or between trees. The block-printed flags are tied vertically or horizontally aligned on ropes, poles, or walls.
Read More
Symbol Stories: Hamsa

May 05, 2021

Beginning as an amulet for fertility, good health and fortune, the symbol’s significance evolved with Abrahamic religions before it was then taken east with the silk trade where its significance grew in India. 
Read More

Subscribe