Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hi Youthful Yogis!
Today there is just one thing I need to say...your back is bony, and that's no joke!

Did you know that the spine is made up of 26 bony segments called vertebra?  Each vertebra sits on something soft and squishy called a disc. Discs are like little pillows that help to keep our bony backs comfortable.We should really say thank you to those discs everyday, since they allow us to easily arch back, bend forward and twist side to side.

Youthful Yogis know that the spine is very important and we do a lot of exercises to help to keep it  flexible. Here's an exercise you might like to try; it's not too complicated, as you can tell by the name. It's called  "Sit up Tall!"

Here's what you do: sit cross-legged on the floor and rest your hands on your legs. See what it feels like to slouch, letting your shoulders hunch forward and your back round...now you know what it's like to "not sit up tall". If the stem of a plant is crooked, water and nutrients can not flow from the roots to the flower and leaves. The same is true for the spine, our bodies are happy and healthy when the spine is long and tall...so now try to straighten your spine, imagining that your head is like a flower, reaching up towards the sun.

Go back and forth from "sitting up tall" to "not sitting up tall"... do you feel the difference? To finish, sit up tall as if you are going to touch the ceiling with the top of your head. Relax your shoulders and take some nice deep breaths. Ahhhh, your bony back is happy right now, and that's a good thing!

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