Some say that physical alignment is a mundane effort. However, physical alignment allows the body energy to flow efficiently. There are four types of energy that move in the body. They are blood, nerve currents, lymph, and subtle energy.
In order to achieve health the four energy types in the body must be allowed to flow with as few inhibitions as possible. Ultra sound has been used by Dr. Krishna Rahman to document blood flow in correctly aligned yoga asanas. Many people have experienced pain from pinched nerves caused by skeletal misalignments. Lymph also circulates through the body and benefits from the massaging action of correct body movement and alignment.
The body’s subtle energy is more difficult to measure. The best way to understand the effect of subtle energy is to notice how you feel after yoga practice well done.
Claudia Kuhns is the founder of Yoga for Health in Denver. She is a certified Iyengar teacher and has been teaching and practicing yoga for over 20 years. Claudia is an approved contractor with the State of Colorado Vocational Rehabilitation Services . Claudia teaches beginning and intermediate students and works with specific adaptive applications of yoga. In addition to teaching, Claudia is the director of Yoga for Health .