There is an underlying assumption that Yoga as a therapeutic form of exercise is inherently safe. Of course when practiced correctly it is, yet when its foundational principles (both physical and cognitive) are left unarticulated practitioners risk moving beyond the tensional integrity of their systems and can quickly expose themselves to potentially damaging practices.
Hypermobility is over-represented within the Yoga community, and can often leave practitioners without the understanding of asana required to work with integrity within their bodies, especially when our over productive approach to life allows the “go hard or go home” mentality to creep onto the mat. Equally at risk are those individuals who are might consider themselves too ‘tight’ and compromise their bodies to manoeuvre around the aesthetic demands of the posture. Correct practice of yoga extends to include a mindset, and a way of approaching our bodies that are perhaps not in line with the way we are required to live our lives on a day to day basis. When practiced in a way that honours the core of each individual we are left with a template for practice that will invigorate, strengthen, and stabilise the body and mind.
The more intelligently we operate, the more the barriers to our practice such as hypermobility, tension and injury begin to fall away.
Tom Myers describes fascia as the ‘organ of form’ and his work details its extensive role in the development of our physical body, and also its interweaving role within our neurology that allows for the expression of deeper and more subtle levels of being.
Over the weekend we will consider how fascia organises our form, what happens when it becomes disorganised and the protective role that our sensitivity to sensation plays in our practice. We will discuss aspects of hypermobility such as impaired proprioception (ability to sense the arrangement of our joints in space) and how they can be supported by asana practice.
We will begin by looking at the form of the feet and hands as the originating point of our moments through their direct interaction with the earth, and our ability to ground each posture. We will discuss the myofascial spiral lines as well as their appendicular extensions and their role in stabilising the major joints of the body. And we will conclude with a practice that will steep the body in longevity.
Each session will be a mixture of dynamic, vinyasa styled practice and also deeply restorative yin yoga postures, selected for the unique way in which they work with and integrate the fascial system.