If compression is happening because gravity is happening, we must take responsibility for fighting against gravity, and as often as we can, decompressing. In a typical yoga practice, inversions are a common tool for decompressing: we get the spine upside down, gravity pulls on it in the other direction, and we feel lighter, brighter, more spacious and mobile. But off the mat, most of us are upright most of our waking day, and unless you are an instagram selfie star, you don’t necessarily feel comfortable popping up into a handstand in the grocery store. The good news is, you don’t have to be upside down to create more space between your bones. You can easily do it by just standing correctly, mindfully, and strong.
Good standing fights gravity, and leads to a life with less pain. It’s #theyogayouneed
But your body is designed to heal, feel good, and function without pain for 100 years. We blame the body when it breaks down, but mostly it is the world we've created, and the way we live in it. Your body does the best it can, until it can't anymore.