#WellnessWednesday - Yoga For Life: Week 159

Instructional picture: how to do the yoga pose spinal column pose

Spinal Column Pose - Merudnadasana


Yoga views a human being as much more than a physical body with emotions and a consciousness created by the brain. The physical body is in fact only the most first and dense layer. We exist outward in all directions several feet from the body. In fact, where our selves actually end is a very good question because the human energy field is actually more like a flashlight beam. It extends outward until eventually it is to dim to perceive, but no one can say exactly where the light ends. We don’t feel our energy fields unless we take special care to do so. But sensitivity with our energy bodies can make life much easier for a person who attends to this aspect of them self lovingly. The poses of Yoga are very helpful for feeling into theses outermost layers of our selves. Using intention and thought we can extend our energy out to support us in difficult poses, especial balance poses like Merudnadasana.


What To Do

  • Begin sitting on the floor with the soles of the feet together.
  • Take hold of the big toes with the first two fingers.
  • Inhale as you engage the belly.
  • Exhale and raise the arms and the legs.
  • Straighten the legs as much as you can without straining.
  • Stay for a few breaths.
  • Return to the base position and notice sit bones on the ground.
  • Imagine yourself growing heavier and sinking several inches into the floor. 
  • Imagine a solid column of light that extends from your heart down deep underground, and up into the sky.
  • Keep picturing this column of light as you exhale and come back into the pose.
  • Compare your two experiences.



  • Activates the second chakra.
  • Helps release creative energy.
  • Tones the abdominal organs.
  • Releases tension and stiffness from legs.
  • Fosters light-heartedness.




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