Yoga anatomy

I take pride in learning and practicing Yoga the right way. I’ve always believed that Yoga heals the body and mind. Now that I’m learning to be a certified trainer myself, I’m striving to understand the how’s and why’s of Yoga in greater detail. Understanding our anatomy is very important to educate others on the effects different asanas have on our body.

Most of my day involves sitting at my desk and working on my computer. Meaning – I hardly exercise more than a few muscles in my body every day. Over a period of time, flexibility goes for a toss and is tough to retain or recover. I learnt it the hard way when I tried to do Uttanasana and my hamstrings refused to cooperate after a long break from Yoga. I’m sure this is the case for a lot of people. I realized that as yoga practitioners, we need to understand our own body as well as we are trying to understand and control our minds.

Tight hamstrings, hips and groin are extremely common for people who don’t specifically focus on working them out. Not many people know that prolonged tightness of hamstrings and hips could lead to lower back and knee problems. If the hamstrings are too tight, the muscles in the lower back flatten out, causing irregularities in the shape of the lumbar spine. Not taking care of the hips can lead to issues with our day to day activities like even sitting or walking. These are just two examples from a laundry list of muscles that ought to be taken care of. Thankfully, Yoga provides an easy way out of such problems in return for awareness of our own anatomy and consistent practice.

Ruthu Shree Ragavan