Learn about Osteyoga, which is the Osteopathic approach to Yoga.
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Veronica: The palm tree posture is designed to free, energize and balance. Hi, I'm Veronica of watchmojo.com and today, we are looking at different ways to look to listen to our own body. Patrick: The nervous system is like a battery. It’s got a positive pole of the battery and a negative pole of the battery. The idea with all the postures specifically the palm tree is how do I take the spinal column where the electricity passes and how do I engage it either by compressing it or lengthening it and then side bending it, rotating it. So the first, first thing you need to have is the pelvis stabilized because if I want to stretch something and it has a fixed point and another one stretching if both are moving it doesn’t work. So, this is the earth, it connects us to the earth so I'm fixed. And from there I can do whatever I want. There is so many things that we can work on this posture, just the shoulders for example. If there is any rigidity and everybody does have rigidity in the shoulders the posture will show it to you. Tension the spinal column, you’ll feel it right away as you start coming down in to it. Something that is interesting also is there’s a diaphragm so the diaphragm is the muscle that makes you breath and it’s attached more or less here. The lungs are resting on the diaphragm and the heart is also resting on the diaphragm. So, a lot of times there is a lot of tension in the diaphragm and it affects the chest and it affects the heart, it affects the lungs. So, the posture when you start to know how to do it, you want it stabilized the lower spinal column and take the rib cage and gently lengthen it so in this way the pillars of the diaphragm which are attached to L2, L3 for example get to be lengthened. And as you start consciously breathing deeply, you start expanding the thoracic cage consciously to create an opening and then once you release sensitive you can actually feel the lungs and the—that’s over the lungs. You can start literally being your own—and that’s the whole idea with Osteyoga, how do I get to manipulate every single part of my body consciously.

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