Everything You Need to Know About Fascia and Yoga

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You know the feeling: A leg stretch softens your tight shoulders, a hip-opener relieves your low-back pain. This happens by nature’s design: We each have a body-wide collagenous web, commonly called “fascia,” and when something happens to one part of the web we can feel its effects elsewhere.

Contents

  1. Why Fascia Matters
  2. Fascial Elements and Yoga
  3. Fascial Growth and Yoga

“Is a Forward Bend a hamstring stretch? Well, yeah. But it’s so much more,” explains Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains and co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance. “If you are not considering the fascia in your yoga, you are not seeing the picture for what it is.”

Why Fascia Matters

Cells are our building blocks, and something has got to hold them in a recognizable shape, explains Myers. And that’s the role of fascia. “If you were going to hold 70 trillion…

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