Fascial Release with Yoga
Find the Right Yoga Props To break up stubborn knots in your fascia, which will help release muscle tension, try using props. For the following poses, you’ll need a mat, a block, and two balls. Check out the Manduka recycled blocks, which are just the right firmness for optimal pressure modulation. And try tennis balls or these yoga therapy balls from Yogatuneup.com.
Warm Up with Breath and Intention Before each pose, place a palm on the area you’re about to work on, or simply direct your breath there. This helps “prime” the tissue, and also promotes your ability to listen to the tissue and dial in just the right amount of stimulation. It also enables you to adjust the amount of sensation in your body, so you can be exquisitely responsive to the changing needs of these areas. While releasing connective tissue, listen to your body’s response: less is more. If you're having difficulty breathing deeply, or if your body is contracting “against” the stimulation, it is a sign that you're using too much pressure. By reducing the amount of sensation, you can promote more release, not less, and as research shows, rejuvenate your connective tissue.
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