There are 33 vertebrae.
The spine has curves.
We begin life with one curve - rounded, convex to the back of the body. This curve is known as a primary curve, and the thoracic & sacral/coccygeal curves are primary curves.
As we develop, we learn to hold our head up and develop a secondary curve at the cervical spine, and later we develop a another secondary curve in the lumbar spine.
The vertebrae are numbered from top to bottom with the first letter of the section C1 to C7, T1-T12, L1-L5.
The first two cervical vertebrae have special names.
Variation happens, and it's very normal.
Sometimes there are more or less vertebrae.
Each Vertebra, All Your Vertebrae
One vertebra (short a)
Two or more vertebrae (long a)
A student at heart, Jen is passionate about learning and sharing what she has learned to empower yoga students and teachers. Jen is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, and yoga teacher. She teaches at Kindness Yoga and practices physical therapy at Vernon Physical Therapy & Wellness.