Anatomy & Physiology Class Series at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Grand Rapids
with Chelsea Tiernan, Ph.d. in Neuroscience, and instructor at GVSU in anatomy and physiology, and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Iyengar Yoga Practitioner since 2004. All interested students/teachers from any tradition and background are welcomed.
#8. The Spine: Vertebral Column & Peripheral Nerves
The vertebral column is an intricate structure designed to neutralize forces subjected by gravity and movement. The human vertebral column is unique, exhibiting the full complement of spinal curves needed for bipedal mobility and weight bearing. Protected within the vertebral column is the spinal cord, a vital link between the brain and body. Both conscious and unconscious sensory and motor information is carried throughout the body via spinal nerves, which emanate from every level of the spinal cord. This workshop will discuss the sophisticated architecture of the vertebral column, and the general pathways by which information is processed at the level of the spinal cord. We will emphasize the differences between the somatic (conscious) and autonomic (unconscious) divisions of the peripheral nervous system.