Hatha Yoga is based on keeping the spine strong, flexible, spacious and therefore young.
When I did my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training we learned a well-rounded class should include all six movements of the spine: One forward bend, one back bend, two side stretches and two twists. As I started teaching I reflected on the idea of a seventh movement: elongation.
Now that I am a teacher trainer, we discussed this in The Gentle Way Of Hatha training, and my current students commented that ‘elongation’ could also be two movements, as the spine is technically moving upward to create space and downward to ground the body. Since this lesson I have expanded my original teachings of six-movements into eight-movements of the spine!
Over the next few weeks we will cover each movement of the spine and the benefits they entail! By bringing youthfulness into our spine, we bring youthfulness into our lives.