“The nature of Yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body” – Jason Crandell
Yoga encourages unification of the body, mind and spirit and experiencing the totality of the present moment. Very often we are somewhat physically and mentally somewhere completely different. That means we’re not truly present in the gift of life unfolding in front of us and we end up going through life predominately living in our minds. Practicing yoga trains the mind to exist within the body and within the senses and allows a shift from living life through the perceptions of the mind to living life through the senses – through the gift of sight, sound, touch and taste. As Osho famously said “when you live within the present moment, your life becomes a continuous song and blessing unto itself”.
” You’re only as old as your spine is flexible.” ~ Joseph Pilates.
This holds true in its entirety, as our age is not defined by the number of years we have spent on the material plane, but it is based on the wear and tear of the various organs of the body, the ability of our cell to regenerate and keep us supple and flexible.
With the help of yoga and meditation, the age process can be reversed. Like the five Tibetan rites result in youthfulness and longevity, spinal meditation can lead to a healthy and a balanced life with an unrestricted flow of Prana in our system.
Step 1: Sit comfortably on a chair or on the floor in an easy pose, with your back erect and preferably away from the wall. Bring your hands in Meru Mudra, fold all your fingers towards your palm, while keeping just your thumb straight, pointing towards the sky in a thumb’s up position. Now, rest the hands on your thigh and stay here for a while.