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Transverse Diaphragms

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When we hear the term diaphragm, we may commonly assume this to mean the respiratory diaphragm.  However, our transverse diaphragms include multiple places in our bodies where connective tissue runs transversely.  The diaphragms in our body are sheets of skeletal muscle and fascia that run horizontally across the body and transversely bridge between bony structures at various levels, creating partitions between different regions of the body.  The three main diaphragmatic structures include: the thoracic inlet – across the shoulders and collarbones, the respiratory diaphragm, and the pelvic diaphragm – across the pelvic floor.  Our yoga practice helps us become as alive as possible through the spine so that these transverse structures are not impeding the connections from the top of the neck down through the sacrum.