There are a total of thirty three (33) vertebrae in the spine, also referred to as the backbone. This amazing structure holds us up. It is also capable of moving in six directions. Yoga postures are so beneficial for maintaining a healthy spine as we age. The movement supports the spine’s natural mobility and elasticity to endure all we do on the mat and off the mat. By flexing, twisting and curving the backbone in asana practice, vital energy moves upward. The masters claim when prana rises up the spine we experience the ecstatic, tranquilizing state of bliss, ananda. In our yoga practice, we naturally emphasize the mobility of the spine, free energy to flow upward and awaken the physical and spiritual benefits of health and well being!