Many of us, myself included, practice yoga asana with the aim of improving or maintaining well-rounded good health. One of the key physical impacts of yoga practice is on our connective tissue, or fascia.
Fascia plays several vital roles in supporting our health. It connects and coordinates our various body structures into a coordinated whole, and allows for movement between them. It transmits force from one part of the body to others, and creates both strength and adaptability. It cushions and protects internal structures like blood vessels and nerves, and contains key immune cells. It contains more nerves than any other bodily structure other than the skin, providing our central nervous system with a rich tapestry of information about our bodies and the environment around us.
Yoga is principally experiential, rather than theoretical, and regardless of what style we practice or what level of experience we have, we almost always feel better after class. However it’s nice to know that science backs up this experience: research suggests that a varied asana practice offers several key benefits to our fascia, and thereby to our overall wellbeing.
Whole-body movement: Improved mobility, increased proprioception, and decreased perceived pain.
There’s no doubt our bodies are made to move; simply getting out of the car after a long road trip is enough to remind us of that. That’s why we hear sayings like “move it or lose it” and “motion is lotion”. And they’re not wrong: varied movement not only feels good, but is also good for us.
The first reason is the thixotropic effect. Our fascia varies in viscosity depending how much movement it is exposed to. When we are static for long periods, such as overnight or during that long road trip, it becomes more solid; when we move, it becomes more gel-like. This quality is called thixotropy. The implication for asana practice is that simply taking our bodies into various shapes across multiple planes—changing the state of our fascia from sol to gel—allows for freer and easier movement.
By: Rachel Land
Title: 4 Ways A Varied Yoga Practice Supports Healthy Fascia
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Published Date: Sun, 08 Nov 2020 02:05:31 +0000
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