Balancing Your Body

Balancing Your Body

Written by Dr Kelly Black, Chiropractor

The spine is a vital part of our wellbeing and how we navigate life. It determines how we move and which direction we go, both physically and mentally. How your spine is functioning; how the energies in your spine are functioning right now determines almost everything about where you go.

The seat of major energy meridians, chakras and neurons, the spinal cord, defines the quality of our lives. In a mother’s womb, the spinal cord and spine are the first things that are formed and then the body, limbs etc. takes root from the instructions from the spinal cord. From a physical point of view, the spinal column is an important channel for all the bodily stimuli that are transferred via the nerves to the brain on a spiritual level.

The spine is the source of all our energy. It is where the three major energy channels or nadis in our body lie. Starting at the base of the spine all the way up to our crown. The Sacrum is our center of gravity. It lies at the base of the spine and joins the upper and lower halves of the body. Judith Harris in her book, ‘Jung and Yoga: The Psyche Body Connection’ said, “The center of gravity is located at the top of the sacrum, which thus makes the sacrum the focal point of our relationship to the ground, to the body, and to our human reality.”  As the gravity passes through our body from the head to the knees and the feet, the sacrum acts as a pivotal centre for the flow of energy in opposite directions.  Harris added, “Gravity will draw feet into the floor, giving us the anchor that we need to live in the world” yet it is “counteracted by the tendency of living things to expand and grow upward toward the sun.” In Hatha yoga, the sacrum is considered a sacred bone, because it literally connects the lower half of our body to the upper half. It is seen as a place of transformation, where the union of upper and lower, of above and below, of the divine and the human occurs. The fact that most of us are suffering from lower back pain could be from neglecting this area and being disconnected with the center of ourselves.

A good way to connect to our physical bodies is through Yoga and Meditation. Yoga flexes the spine and nerve system in all planes and also stimulates our meridians into better health, leaving us with a sense of relaxation, clarity and well being.

In meditation, our spines are upright with our sacrums connected to the Earth. This enables a good connection with our inner world and focus to sit for longer lengths of time.

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, and the ability of our cells to regenerate and keep us supple and flexible. With the help of yoga and meditation, the age process can be slowed down.  Like the five Tibetan rites result in youthfulness and longevity, spine meditation can lead to a healthy and a balanced life with an unrestricted flow of Prana in our system.

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