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The Holistic Connection Between C1-C2 Vertebrae and Spiritual Well-being

Updated: Jan 9


In our continuous journey to blend the realms of medical science with spiritual insights, today we delve into the profound connection between the C1-C2 vertebrae and their role in both physical and spiritual well-being. These vertebrae, being the cornerstone of our spinal structure, offer more than just physical support – they are gateways to harmonizing our inner energies.

Understanding the C1-C2 Vertebrae

The C1 (Atlas) and C2 (Axis) vertebrae are the uppermost in our spinal column, holding the unique responsibility of supporting the skull, facilitating head movements, and safeguarding the spinal cord. This anatomical significance also reflects in their spiritual connotation.

Spiritual Significance of C2 Vertebrae – The Atmaram Bone

In a recent conversation with Bhayya, we delved into the intricate aspects of Sapta Chakra Sadhana, specifically discussing the significance of the Virata. I was curious about the C2 axis vertebra which is sometimes referred to as "Atmaram bone"

This bone is notably resistant to cremation and remains unburned. It holds a special place in post-cremation rituals, as families receive the ashes along with the Atmaram bone. The subsequent rituals, including the immersion of the bone in holy rivers during the 'Asthi Visarajan' ceremony, are deeply symbolic.

The shape of the Atmaram bone, resembling a Shivalinga, carries profound meaning. Its name implies it as 'The one who is Lord of his own soul,' signifying a deep spiritual connection.

In our discussion, Bhayya illuminated a fascinating aspect of this bone's spiritual significance. He explained that the Atmaram bone is the very point where the Virata's entire mapping is absorbed by Mother Kundalini. This concept underscores the intertwining of physical elements with spiritual enlightenment in our journey through Sapta Chakra Sadhana.

Shunya Kriya and Nadis Balancing

Shunya Kriya, a spiritual practice we embrace, involves a simple process of balancing the nadis (energy channels). This practice, engaging primarily the C1-C2 region, is instrumental in harmonizing the Sushumna nadi, the central energy channel in our body.

Medical Perspective: Cervical Spine Instability

Complementing the spiritual perspective, recent medical literature reveals a fascinating correlation between cervical spine instability, particularly involving the C1-C2 vertebrae, and various neurological and psychiatric-like conditions. This instability can impact the functioning of the vagus nerve, a vital cranial nerve traversing through these vertebrae, thus influencing our overall well-being.

The Power of Nadis Balancing

The act of balancing nadis, a practice we recommend performing once or twice daily, extends its benefits beyond physical alignment. It profoundly influences our emotional and mental health, fostering a sense of inner peace and stability.


In conclusion, the C1-C2 vertebrae, while anatomically crucial, also hold immense spiritual significance. The simple yet powerful practice of nadis balancing in Shunya Kriya not only fortifies our physical framework but also nurtures our emotional and spiritual realms, embodying the essence of holistic well-being.

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