What is Fascial Yoga?
Fascial Yoga blends Bhakti Yinyasa Yoga with the principles of Fascia Training, based upon the work of Dr. Robert Schleip, (Fascia Research Group, University of Ulm, Germany), international scientific research and movement experts. It comprises elements of Yin Yoga and other Yin-like techniques to increase proprioception and sensory awareness, combined with more dynamic Yang elements, integrating the main principles of Fascia Training into the yoga practice.
Although the fascial network is already partially stimulated through classic yoga asana practice, for optimal stimulation and health, fascial tissue requires more than just stretching. The elastic parts of the fascial system, tendons for example, are not optimally stimulated in classic asana practice. Depth can be given to the stimulation of fascial tissue by, for instance, adding 3 dimensional variations to movement planes. As the elastic properties of fascial tissue play an essential role in the prevention of injuries, learning how to stimulate the elastic fascial tissues effectively in our own yoga practice, and in that of our students and clients, is hugely important.
We can differentiate between certain genetic fascial tissue pre-dispositions.
Viking-like-Types tend to have stiffer connective tissue (hypomobile)
Temple-Dancer-like-Types tend to have very soft connective tissue (hypermobile). Depending on the type of the connective tissue tendencies one exhibits, different fascial stimulation techniques will be more beneficial than others.
In many instances, but especially when applying release and slow stretching techniques, the use of sound creates vibrations in the body which stimulate the tissue and the nervous system at a more profound level than that achieved through movement practice alone. We will learn to work with sound to deepen the physiological effects of the physical practice.