Whether you are an athlete or a couch potato, gravity is the force that your body is always contending with and resisting against. It is known in physics as indispensable to the space-time continuum, it allows us to walk around and stay connected to the planet without floating off into outer space, and it is absolutely essential to the structure and integrity of our physical frame.
But like anything else, excess leads to adverse effects.
There is a great verse in one of the Yoga Dharma's essential texts "Bhagavad Gita":
That which seems like poison at first, but tastes like nectar in the end, is said to be happiness in the mode of goodness. It is generated by the pure intellect that is situated in self-knowledge
Which is attempting to convey what most people already have at least some vague intuitions about, that is the arithmetic of balance, and the intermediary between the two extreme ends of the spectrum.
We know that water is essential for health, but too much will put you in a over hydrated state that has pronounced deleterious effects.
In a similar way, when we expose ourselves to gravity in the position for years and even decades on end, the pressure it presents upon our lower backs begins to swing out of balance and more toward the direction of excess.
As most of our life is spent right side up, the head and the rest of the torso are supported by the structures below, primarily the lower back. Like the rest of the spine, the lower back has discs, which function as cushions to allow the spine and torso movement and flexibility. Without them we wouldn't be able to bend forward, backwards, sideways, or rotate. The spine would just be a single rigid column like a closet dowel. Like anything else in the body, the discs need to rest and recuperate from the constant load they are under. In the case of discs that means the pressure to which they are so commonly subjected needs to be relieved, so that the discs can rehydrate since they are 80-90% water. If the discs do not receive this necessary time of rest, they begin to shrink, weaken, bulge, desiccate, and degenerate, precipitating such conditions as osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis.
When we lay down to sleep at night, our spine gets some partial relief of the common pressure, but it seldom proves to be sufficient, since even those that get good sleep still suffer from common lower back pathologies. The reality of this circumstance is that the only legitimate reversal of the pressures consistent with being right-side up most of the day, is to be upside down. This is the only logical orientation that allows gravity to work in opposition to its common mode of influence.
This is why I wanted to make a tutorial that explains this and shows you how you can begin to attenuate this common problem today!
Please watch the Full tutorial below and let me know how it goes for you