Yoga has been around for thousands of years, and in the last decades of the 1900’s had a renaissance and is now found everywhere, even in small rural towns in the South (here in America).
My first yoga class happened in 1997 at the YMCA in Ashland, Oregon. They only had the one class per week, and I don’t believe there was a yoga studio in Ashland as yoga was relegated to the weird and woo-woo and not at all mainstream yet. After just one class I fell in love with the way my body and nervous system felt after class. I reveled in the flow, the sequences, and found satisfaction solving the many “puzzles” of shapes they asked me to create with my body.
Yoga and I have had an on off relationship ever since, mostly dependent on me finding teachers I love. Yoga didn’t become an obsession for me, unlike fascia release and mind body science.
When fascia started becoming a buzzword in 2016-2017 it was extremely rare for yoga teachers or modalities to tie yoga in with fascia, but that changed really quickly. Suddenly in just about every yoga class I attended I heard “connective tissues” and “fascia”, and countless articles started popping up about fascia in yoga journals. Then I started hearing yoga teachers start telling people that yoga would help to release their fascia. This has been especially true with yin yoga, but certainly Vinyasa, Hatha and others.
Many of my clients are yoga teachers and yoga devotees. Their fascia was, to a person, some of the most restricted and unhealthy I’ve felt. Especially the yin yoga folks who could put their feet behind their heads! If yoga released fascia, why was I feeling so many adhesions and restrictions in their fascia?
Find out in today’s video.
Plus, I share my top reasons for DOING yoga because there are many benefits and I am definitely a fan.
IMPORTANT: if you’re in pain or injured, PLEASE consider the risks of yoga because there are many.
A lot of my clients came to me after yoga made their back pain, knee pain, shoulder or wrist pain worse.
I see a lot of people running to a yoga class for pain relief, because they’ve been promised relief in a magazine, blog article or maybe a friend told them yoga cured their pain.
While I definitely think yoga can be helpful and no doubt many people have experienced increased freedom through yoga, the fact is many many people injure themselves worse by trying yoga without knowing the risks.
After moving to Durango, CO in August I’m still searching for a new place to do yoga, but it’s definitely on my list. I feel best when I go to yoga 1-2x/week.
Do you love yoga? What are your reasons for going? Thoughts about today’s topic? Share below, I love hearing from you and we learn so much from each other.