Fascia is all the rage. And thank goodness, as it might be named an organ! With the fascia being such an integral part of our bodies, should we not be weaving the knowledge we have about fascia, into our yoga practices, just as we do with the muscular system? Fascia behaves quite differently than muscle and in this eye opening weekend, you will learn how to incorporate and embody all parts of yourselves, into your yoga. We will explore through experiential and experimental (yes, experimental, as not all bodies are built quite the same) anatomy, the biomechanics and most recent science behind a stretch, interlacing these with the Myofascial lines, to formally invite your fascia, into asana.
Each day will have a lunch break. You do not need to be a yoga teacher, or even a current yoga student, to attend. Simply an interest in practice and exploration, is requested.
Anatomy and fascial exploration of the Superficial Front Line (SFL), Superficial Back Line (SBL) and Deep Front Line (DFL). The superficial front and back lines of fascia are somewhat like the slices of bread, in a sandwich. They help hold all the good stuff in. The deep front line, our myofascial core and support system, may in fact be, the most valuable line in our bodies. I call this line “our heartwood” and like the heartwood wood of a tree, it must be strong and balanced, so that it can inform the rest of the body. However, most of us have never heard of the DFL core body. Our fabulous Psoas and Diaphragms are also part of the DFL! We can use the knowledge and experience of this line to heal back pain and front to back imbalances in posture as well. We grow the knowledge for the DFL and we can then become interested in balancing the front and back of the body, structurally. There is nothing more frustrating when one slice of bread is longer or shorter than the other slice, and all the good stuff falls out! But since we are not sandwiches, this manifests for us in often painful imbalances. I love body reading through the myofascial lines in order to gain a deeper sense of what might be able to be lengthened or strengthened for balance and homeostasis.
We will explore through movement, yoga, as well as some lecture on what the fascia and extra cellular matrix is, what we have discovered it does for us as well as the scientific truths about different types of stretching. Why stretching as a focus? Muscles love heat and fast movements. Fascia delights in long, slow stretching. And yes, we can’t leave out self massage and ball rolling! You will take away from this Friday, a connection to your front, back and deep core lines of fascia and be able to incorporate them into your personal practice as well as be able to sequence a class, with these lines as your interest and intention. With fascia as your new interest, you will discover why slow transitions in yoga are valuable, as the fascia behaves in a way that calls for a slow release. The weekend will include a blend of slow, active asana, Yin yoga, Restorative yoga and focus on fluid breathing.
Anatomy and fascial exploration of the lateral, spiral and functional lines of fascia. If the SFL and the SBL are the bread of our body sandwich, the lateral lines are the lacing that holds them in place. If one side is longer or pulled shorter than the other, this affects the whole shape of the sandwich. We address the spiral lines through twist, winding where needed, unwinding where needed. Understanding the fascia in the spiral lines can assist us in working with Scoliosis.
We will revisit Friday’s practice as well as develop a practice through the lens of the lateral and spiral lines with side bending and SAFE twisting for the spine. We will touch upon the functional line as well, often called the “swimmers line”.
Anatomy and fascial exploration of the arm lines. There are Superficial front and back as well as Deep front and back arm lines. In our society, it seems we have chronic upper back, shoulder and neck tension. We will address the alignments of the shoulder girdle, anatomy of the upper body and the arms lines. Often, numbness, tingling and pain in the arms, hands and fingers, stems from an imbalance in these lines. We will open and strengthen these lines of the body as well as go over rehabbing shoulder injury and pain, through therapeutic yoga. I find that many students are not quite ready for arm and shoulder balancing, especially inversions, because the shoulder girdle may be out of alignment and the muscles are tight and weak, unable to safely support the inversion. And how might we practice things like headstand, if we ourselves or our students have a “head forward” position and weakness in the deep front neck and chronic tension in the cervical spine? All of these mystical questions shall be addressed. It’s even possible you may re-think inversions in yoga. (The will be no teaching of inversions, only inversion preps such as Dolphin and supported shoulder stand)
We will open the lines through ball rolling (yum!) and yin yoga practices. Once the lines are opened, we can then begin to bring in strength and resiliency. This is a wonderful day for those with shoulder pain and/or interest in rehabbing injury to the rotator cuff. We will learn to sequence classes for the upper body as well as develop our eyes to spot students that could be better served in aligning their shoulders, neck and arms, prior to coming into inversions. The heart meridian also happens to run through the physical areas of the body and fascia, that will be exploring. For this reason, we will begin the morning with Metta mediation, loving kindness phrases, for the heart.
Single Day: $125 early bird/$150 after 10/1
Full Weekend: $300 early bird/$350 after 10/1