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Palm leaf manuscriptsHealing the Total Body: Where Western Anatomy Meets Eastern Spiritual Science 

Healing Series, part 2 

Table of Contents:


Yoga's Skeletal System

Misalignment highlighted

Healing yourself

Listening to voice of fear

Don't cut off flow of Prana

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Yoga's skeletal structure

I had been doing yoga for 18 years so my Skeletal System supported me. I know many of the bones and proper alignment, where I’m off and how to compensate.

skeletal alignment in yoga

I learned by experience about gravity and skeletal alignment in the yoga poses and that we "use muscular force to bring the bones into a position where they carry the load. Once these positions are attained, muscular force is no longer necessary (or greatly decreased)” (Source: The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga, Ray Long).

The bones on the right side of my body—arm, leg, sternum bone, foot—are all longer; this creates misalignment in yoga but also in living. What has bothered me the most for years has been my neck, as it slowly crunches to the left, also affecting my left shoulder. I’ve gone to a chiropractor for years to get realigned.


Cure yourself - spine

Magically, I no longer needed to perform my daily self-chiropractic cervical neck adjustments. I was cured with my yoga practice.

Transformation is sustained change

In my euphoria, I knew that I’d need to keep moving in that direction daily as the Skeletal System has a memory similar to teeth requiring a nightly retainer after orthodontic braces.

“Change leads to disappointment if it is not sustained. Transformation is sustained change, and it is achieved through practice.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar.

[Iyengar taught alignment style of yoga, whereas Pattahbi Jois taught Ashtanga. Both were trained by the same teacher, T. Krishnamacharya].