The condition of the spine is crucial to our overall health and well being. Health and flexibility of the spine is crucial to complete and total health. Yoga is an excellent modality to build, or maintain spinal health. The spine protects the spinal cord, the nerve roots, and internal organs. The nervous system is sensitive to vibration, sound and weather. Pay attention to any pain or discomfort. Yoga is a wonderful holistic system to improve every aspect of your lifestyle . The word Yoga means “union”. The objective of Yoga is to align mind, body, and spirit. I have used Yoga personally for many years. Yoga is practical and does not require any special equipment. The study of Yoga includes learning to breath properly. The practice of breath work improves health, vitality, and the emotional balance of the body.
The spine is composed of four different zones – Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Sacral. The tailbone is called the Coccyx. Vertebrae C1 is called the Atlas. The Atlas supports the skull. Vertebrae C2 is called the Axis. It is located right underneath the Atlas. Together, these two vertebrae work so the head may rotate and turn. Did You know that each of the spinal vertebrae corresponds an area and function of the body. The connection of each vertebrae to all functions of the body is truly miraculous. A Reflexology session may be designed to address back discomfort or back pain. Below, find each vertebrae listed with a corresponding area.
The Cervical Spin
C1. Pituitary gland, circulation, facial bones, brain, ear, sympathetic nervous system.
C2. Optic nerve, eyes, auditory nerve, sinuses, mastoid bones, forehead, tongue.
C3. Ear, cheeks, facial bones, trifocal nerve.
C4. Lips, nose, mouth, and eustachian tube.
C5. Neck glands, vocal cords, pharynx.
C6. Shoulders,neck muscles, tonsils.
C7. Bursa(in the shoulders and elbows), thyroid gland.
The Thoracic Spine
T1. Elbows, hands, wrists, fingers, oesaphagus, and trachea.
T2. Heart, heart valves, coronary arteries.
T3. Bronchial tubes, breast, chest.
T4. Common duct, gall bladder.
T5. Solar Plexus, blood, and liver.
T7. Duodenum, pancreas, islets of langerhans.
T8. Diaphragm, spleen.
T9. Adrenal gland
T11. Urethras, kidneys.
T12. Fallopian tubes, small intestine, lymph circulation
The Lumbar Spine
L1. Colon, large instestines, inguinal rings.
L2. Abdodomen, appendix, upper leg.
L3. Ovaries, sex organs, uterus, knee, bladder.
L4. Lower back muscles,prostate gland, sciatic nerve.
L5. Ankles, feet, toes, calves, arches of the feet.
The vertebrae in this region of the spine are fused together in adulthood
S1. Hips, bones, buttocks.
S2. Hips, bones, buttocks.
S3. Hips, bones, buttocks.
S4. Hips, bones, buttocks.
S5. Hips, bones, buttocks.
Coccyx (The Tailbone). Rectum, anus.
In Her ground breaking book ” Heal Your Body”, Louise L. Hay wrote of how thought patterns influenced and created health or illness. The book is a small pocket size book, yet in it She shared Her affirmations for metaphysical healing of the entire physical body. On Page 73, is a Chapter entitled “Spinal Misalignments.” She created an affirmation for each of the vertebrae, along with a probable thought pattern.