Yoga is unity and harmony. It is the union with your soul - to be at one with our souls.
When we're practising CranioSacral Yoga, we're working with the great spiritual power within the CranioSacral System to make a connection with our soul. The American doctor and osteopath Dr. William Garner Sutherland called this spiritual power the "Breath of Life".
The term CranioSacral is derived from the Latin, Cranium means skull and Sacrum is the sacrum (meaning sacred or holy bone).
A system of membranes runs from the skull, through the spinal column, right down to the sacrum and coccyx bone. The cerebrospinal fluid moves rhythmically up and down through these membranes right the way along from the skull to the coccyx. The cerebrospinal fluid protects and nourishes our brain and spinal cord. It helps create the flexibility between the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.
In addition, the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid is responsible for the craniosacral pulse in the body. This rhythm, also known as craniosacral impulse, is noticeable throughout the body, like the breath and heartbeat.
All systems and functions in the body are controlled and influenced by this pulse. That's why Doctor Sutherland called it the Implulse of the Primary Respiratory System.
Blockages and tensions in this pulse system have effects on the nervous system, the musculoskeletal system, on vessels, lymph, the endocrine, on cardiovascular and respiratory, just to name a few.