By Shaura Hall
Did you know that the spinal cord is considered to be the superhighway of your body? It is part of the central nervous system and connects your body to your brain.
In Foci One of the Pilamaya Yoga 220 Hour Teacher Training, we look at the cell biology within the central nervous system and how this knowledge can support your journey to becoming a yoga teacher.
Why? Well, because each system the body has differing needs and by understanding them, we can better understand the role yoga can play to support the individual.
Cells are the building blocks that comprise the systems of the body. We talked about the early symbiosis of our present day cells in our Collaboration blog, so I won’t bang on about them again. But, the systems of our bodies are made up of different cell types and, although we cannot cover each type in great detail, I feel it is important that we look at all of the components of our bodies.
But, future students, please don’t worry!
We don’t dive into physiology too much, and we always ask you to interpret the knowledge by connecting the dots to your own experience in life. We provide a manual that you can go back to and continue to read even after your graduation.
We only hope that these aspects of the course ignite some enthusiasm for you to discover more about all the parts of you.
Anyway, back to our cells…
O U R – D Y N A M I C – C E L L S
In the diverse architecture of our cells, each type specifically reflects the role they play in the body.
This means their morphology (shape) reflects the job that they do. We’ll discuss the shapes of the cells in the nervous systems, the circulatory systems and when glancing into the multiplicity of the connective tissue…. the beautiful network of fascia.
There are similarities between all that I feel are important for us to understand as mind and practitioners; namely the interaction between the cell membrane and our DNA, which is enclosed within the nucleus of each cell (excluding red blood cells).
Our cells are extremely dynamic. They are made up of water, proteins, fats and carbohydrates – they are alive and so constantly need to replace all of their components.
It is the job of the cell membrane to effectively communicate to the DNA what needs to be manufactured inside of the cell, or sent out via extra cellular messaging systems.
We now know that stress inside the body can have a detrimental impact on our DNA; leaving it vulnerable and unable to respond to changing conditions. We also know that mind and body practices such as yoga, pranayama and mediation can actually reverse some of this damage and have a positive impact on our DNA.
As a yoga teacher, it is essential to recognise the intelligence within the human body; the intelligence within every single cell that makes up each one of us. It is already within us, teaching us how to adapt and become resilient, remarkable human beings.
The Pilamaya Way doesn’t ask you to become a scientist; it asks you to look inside of yourself, to begin to talk and unite with every aspect of your body – so you can go out into the world with that light shining from you.
This is the Pilamaya Way.
Bruce Lipton shares his explanation of how he believes yoga can alter our cellular biology:
Photography featured on this page by Savannah van der Niet.