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The Fascinating World of Fascia

Updated: Sep 2, 2023

Vicky’s session began with providing an understanding that fascia in yoga is of significant importance as it ‘can enhance practitioners understanding of the body's interconnectedness and promote a more holistic approach to yoga practice’ Fascia is a three-dimensional web of connective tissue that surrounds and permeates every structure in the body, including muscles, bones, organs, and even cells. It plays a crucial role in providing structural support, transmitting forces, and facilitating movement.

The practical element of this session helped all to develop a deeper understanding of how fascia can provide valuable insights into the body's biomechanics and help optimise alignment and posture. Through recognising the fascial connections within the body, we worked on releasing tension, improving flexibility, and promoting efficient movement patterns. Vicky shared her knowledge on how fascia release can be particularly relevant when dealing with chronic pain or injuries, as restrictions or imbalances in the fascial system can contribute to discomfort and dysfunction.

"Fascia was described as ‘a connective network that extends beyond the physical realm, linking the body and mind’."

We discussed and explored how fascia is highly responsive to movement and stimulation. By incorporating fascial-focused practices, flexibility, improve circulation, and promote overall well-being can be enhanced.

Vicky explained how fascia can also expand the yogic perspective beyond the physical body. Fascia was described as ‘a connective network that extends beyond the physical realm, linking the body and mind’. We were expertly guided to explore our own experience of fascia connection, how it can deepen the somatic awareness, facilitate a mind-body connection and a more profound sense of embodiment.

In summary, understanding fascia within a yoga practice enables all practitioners to go beyond the superficial level of muscle and bone, unlocking a deeper understanding of the body's intricate network.

At the end of the session many felt ‘very empowered’ with a ‘greater sense of anatomical intelligence’ to facilitate a safer, more effective, and transformative yoga experience.

A wonderful session. Thank you to Vicky Arundel. Look out for Vicky’s up and coming BWY Fascia Training Course

Julia (SYA Chair)

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