Applying Myofascial Release On and Off The Mat

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I thought I was the only one who worry about getting injured every practice. This is quite something that is every practitioner’s thought when dedicating oneself to a practice, in this case, yoga.

One of the primary reasons of a student attending a yoga class is to learn a headstand, I always wondered why. My main objective back in 2014 was to improve my flexibility. I was already into running and CrossFit during that time when folks from Urban Ashram had the Project Y and I was invited to join their bloggers.

When Lasse (Holopainen) mentioned I have opened hips, I did not understand him until we did supta hasta padangusthasana (reclined big toe). Of course I did not do it instantly, with the yoga strap I was doing well. He mentioned that men usually has narrower hip opening and so it was interesting how my body was working in this asana.

From then on, I was intrigued how our body really works. There is more to it than our usual biomechanics. What we do and how we move regularly may inhibit our body’s range of motion. Yoga helps in exploring and even encourage a wider range of motion.

Fast forward to 2021, my hip flexors are still tight and I would still need a yoga strap to reach my big toe whether standing or reclined. Guess what, it’s not because of my flexibility, it is more of my anatomy. That is another great aspect to discuss: to respect the body’s limitation and then work your way towards your practice.

Since my practice of myofascial release in 2017, there are superfluous supply of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) tools. The popular of these tools are the blading/scraping tools, cupping therapy, trigger point ball or peanut ball, foam roller and the massage gun. And while everything is readily available online, these tools may hurt us more than would heal us.

I have put up an online course in Yoga International called Applying Myofascial Release On and Off The Mat happening on May 8 to 14 (every 8am, Philippine time) (May 7 to 13, every 8pm EST).

This course is available for yoga teachers, fitness and wellness coaches and of course to students whether you practice yoga, CrossFit, HIIT or any multisport.

Every LIVE online session runs 90 minutes (1 hour and 30 minutes) and will be available when you enroll in Yoga International. There is a certificate of completion when you finish the four (4) sessions.

Here is the course outline (all dates here are on Philippine time):

Session 1: What is Fascia on May 8, 2021 (May 7, 2021 EST)
Learn about fascia and identify the fascial lines that help in our movement in the asanas.

Session 2: Self Assessment and Student Assessment on May 10, 2021 (May 9, 2021 EST)
Know ways how to assess yourself and your student with different techniques. Also you will learn more of the common injuries and other injuries of your students.

Session 3: Yoga and Fascia on May 12, 2021 (May 11, 2021 EST)
How do we apply the myofascial release on the mat and how do we incorporate them in our practice?

Session 4: Self MFR and Mobility on May 14, 2021 (May 13, 2021 EST)
What are the tools that may help in self facilitation of myofascial release? How do we improve mobility from self MFR?

What do you need?
1. A stable internet connection (minimum of 2 mbps).
2. Internet browser (recommended Google Chrome).
3. An IASTM tool: lacrosse ball, tennis ball, golf ball, peanut ball, yoga block, cups or massage gun.
4. A yoga or exercise mat.

I hope to see you online. Do not forget to enroll in the course. Here is the link.

*Upon completion, yoga teachers earn 6 CEU (Continuing Education Units) for non-contact hours in line with Yoga Alliance. To know how log it in, click here.

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