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A happy Spine, creates a happy Body, which creates a happy Life.
The program is completed through good posture, focused breathing, and sequential movements. When these are mastered through various routines which pinpoint on endurance, flexibility, and power, we achieve a peak endorphin rush specifically via the Vagus Nerve.

THE VAGUS NERVE

The Vagus nerve is the 10th and longest cranial nerve in the body. It runs all the way from the brain stem to the colon, and its known to have input to the tongue, pharynx, heart, and the gastrointestinal system. As such, it mediates swallowing, taste, and speaking. It also provides involuntary muscle control of the heart, lungs, and esophagus. In addition, it innervates the glands throughout the gastrointestinal tract. While the word nerve implies one nerve, in total there are four branches of the vagus nerve.

Here are seven functions of the vagus nerve which we stimulate during these postures:

  1. Inflammation prevention
  2. Memory formulation
  3. Helps breathing
  4. Controls heart rhythm
  5. Initiates relaxation response
  6. Translates between your gut and your brain
  7. Over stimulation of this nerve is the most common cause of fainting.