Health secrets of Yoga and  Bagua Taichi 

There are a lot of Health secrets to Yoga and Bagua Taichi.  Firstly just about everyone knows about yoga and tai chi but what about Bagua? Bagua is a martial art developed in China over the past few hundred of years that involves a lot of twisting and turning while moving in circular directions with the feet. Bagua can also just be performed for health. It is thought that the twisting and turning movements of Bagua act on the spine and ” give the spine a massage”. Thus stimulating the surrounding tissue and thus promoting the health of spinal nerves.

Recent research now shows this to be true but it is also true of Yoga where there are poses of backbends and twists. Why the importance? Our spinal column is held up by lots of muscles both external and internal that support the spine and prevent compression or narrowing of the Vertebrae. When each of the spinal Vertebrae starts to get compressed with age this process is called – Spondylosis. Spondylosis can cause spinal nerve compression and thus compromise the nerve or nervous innervation to organs, glands or tissues. Eventually, this can lead to circulation problems, nerve root compression, disease and reduced height of the person. This contributes to the stoop often seen in the elderly. One example of the internal muscle groups that support the spine are the rotatores . These act as guidewires similar to rigging on a sailing ship. With age or limited stretching these muscles shorten and then tend to pull the vertebrae of the spine closer together ( spondylosis). What yoga or Tai chi or Bagua seek to do with reference to the spine is to gently stretch these muscles and thus prevent contraction and spasm. Expansion and contraction also help blood microcirculation to the spine helping to nourish the nerves and tissues.  There is an old saying we are only as healthy as our spine, and performing of these activities can be useful to add to any anti-aging regime.