Fun Fascia Fact:
About 7.5 liters of fluid moves through the extracellular matrix each day. (That’s a lot, considering we only hold 4.5 liters of blood at a time!) When your fascia is restricted, it limits the flow of fluid. Imagine a sponge wrapped up tightly with elastic bands and thrown into a sink full of water: it’s not going to be able to absorb very much.
When we move, stretch, or apply pressure to our body we are squeezing the sponge. If you can successfully allow those deep tissues to let go while you are being squeezed, you loosen the tight elastic. This is why the placement of balls in yoga poses–where and how they apply pressure (squeeze the sponge)–is so important, and why an inner state of mental surrender is so effective for facilitating change.
In addition to adding the element of pressure with soft balls to our yoga practice, we will also explore the benefit of rebounding. Rebounding is the third pillar of myofascial release, and an important aspect to integrate into any movement regimen. In this practice, we tap into the fluid in the cells with rhythmical movements like jostling and rocking to break up habitual holding patterns and restrictions in the fascia.
We already know the effectiveness of using pulse vibrations to break up solid structures (just like when we use sound waves to break up kidney stones with ultrasound equipment); imagine the benefits of utilizing that principle in body movement for releasing stuck fascia.
The next Myofascial Yoga: Fascia-Liquids module* will teach you how to place the balls in various poses to get the desired results. We will also go over a number of techniques to effectively release those ‘elastic band’ restrictions, as well as the importance of incorporating rebounding into your yoga sequences.
~ Rebounding in supine, seated, and standing postures
~ Understanding unconscious holding patterns, and how to access conscious choice and change through rebounding and unwinding
~ Sequencing yoga poses to most effectively impact the fascial system
~ Ball placement in yoga poses
~ The science of fascia at the cellular and molecular level
~ Fascial fluid as a ‘liquid crystal’ matrix, the science and the inner journey
*This is module 11 of the 200 hour YA accredited teacher training program. This weekend intensive can be used as 20 credits toward the 200 hour Yoga teacher training program, or Yoga Alliance accredited continuing education. Certificate of completion is available to all participants.
Dates: May 13 & 14
Hours: Monday through Friday 6pm – 9pm