|[ Excerpt from The Science of Yoga, page 281 ]
The human skeleton is an arrangement of over 200 bones of masterful evolutionary design. This framework provides support and protection for the delicate internal organ systems and a strong and stable hinge and pivot structure for movement via the muscular attachments.
It is also a huge depository of minerals needed by the body, as well as the factory for the production of red blood cells.
These bones are living tissue, comprised of solid protein cells and complex mixtures of various minerals, namely calcium and phosphorus. As such, they are affected by any activities, such as diet or exercise, which would otherwise affect the health of any other aspect of our being.
When problems assail the bones, it can become a troublesome situation. Various forms of osteoarthritis, osteomyelitis and spondylitis are becoming commonplace in the sedentary modern world. Together with osteoporosis and bone cancer, these rank among the most painful and debilitating of all diseases.
Though yoga is an effective therapy for these and many related conditions, treatment can be slow and requires a great deal of diligence and effort. As most of these conditions have accumulated over a lifetime, they indeed cannot be remedied overnight.
Needless to say, skeletal health, namely spinal health, is at the forefront of overall health and wellness. Sedentary lifestyles, coupled with poor posture and lack of regular exercise and movement means that the average person today has a terribly inflexible spine.
The regular practice of the yogic regimen of exercises is a perfect conditioner of the spine and an ideal preventative medicine.
The pathologies of the bones and joints also have a strong psycho-somatic relationship. Stress and mental strain negatively impact the functions of our organs and glands, especially the liver.
Coupled with muscular tension, this combines to wreak havoc on the health and alignment of the skeletal frame and lend much to the development of arthritic conditions. Here is where the complete science of yoga is most beneficial for overall skeletal health, as it encompasses practices which address the health of the being on all levels, the physical, mental, emotional and higher spiritual...
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