Senior Yoga Medicine teacher Rachel Land says don’t worry if you’ve never considered the health of your fascia. As a yogi, you may already be doing what you need to anyway. Here, she outlines what it takes.
After long being overlooked in favor of muscles, fascia has been receiving some much deserved attention as of late. As fascia expert Gil Hedley, Ph.D., says: “If you want to understand human movement, study fascia!”
But this soft tissue component of the connective tissue system isn’t new—in fact, researchers like Robert Schleip, Ph.D., director of the Fascia Research Project in Germany, and Thomas Myers, author of Anatomy Trains, have been studying it for years. While our understanding of fascia and how it functions has a long way to go, their work offers some interesting insights into how you can help your fascia function better. And it’s a little more involved than running on the treadmill! The work of Schleip and his team suggests that healthy fascia requires a new approach—the involvement of the whole body, as well as the mind.
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About Our Expert
RachelLand works internationally as a Yoga Medicine teaching assistant, and for the rest of the year teaches vinyasa, yin, and one-on-one yoga sessions in Queenstown, New Zealand. Rachel's interest in anatomy lead her to a 500-hour teacher training with Tiffany Cruikshank and Yoga Medicine. She is currently working toward her 1000-hour certification.