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Anatomy of the Spine – Spinal Movements

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we explore the movements of the spine and how they inform teaching.

Objective

Become proficient in using accurate terminology related to spinal movements.

Description

Name the six directions of spinal movement and the two additional types of movement relevant to asana practice. Give a pose example for each. Understand the objective of spinal / axial extension poses. Describe “compression” and when it’s desirable. Describe some teaching considerations related to spinal alignment in forward bends, backbends, lateral bends, twists, spinal extension and inversions.

Questions Answered Here

  1. What are the six directions of spinal movement?
  2. What two additional types of movement are we concerned with in yoga?
  3. Give an asana example for each of the types of spinal movement.
  4. What is the objective of spinal / axial extension poses?
  5. What is “compression” and when is it typically desirable?
  6. What are some teaching considerations related to spinal alignment in forward bends?
  7. What are some teaching considerations related to spinal alignment in backbends?
  8. What are some teaching considerations related to spinal alignment in lateral bends?
  9. What are some teaching considerations related to spinal alignment in twists?
  10. What are some teaching considerations related to spinal extension?
  11. What are some teaching considerations related to spinal alignment in inversions?

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