Teaching to Fascia and the Nervous System


Recent studies in body physiology have brought into greater focus the huge effects of yoga on our whole-body systems. Fascia and the nervous system are networks that touch every part of our being. When you move or touch one part, you move or touch the whole.

The nervous system is the part of our body that coordinates its voluntary and involuntary actions and transmits signals between different parts of the body. It is divided into the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The PNS is where we find our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems; our ability to fight or flee from a stressful situation or relax and digest in a peaceful situation. The stresses we encounter everyday affect our entire system. Yoga and how we practice it offer many ways to regulate our system so that we can meet the stimuli that come at us daily in a resourceful and appropriate way. We will explore how different ways of moving, breathing and being attentive can shift and settle ourselves and our students.

Fascia is the ground substance of your body, and exists from head to foot without interruption. It is ideally a fluid system, and this fluidity is maintained by movement, and especially by variety of movement, such as the many shapes we make in yoga. One definition of aging is that fascia dries out. Movement hydrates fascia. However, there are some ways to move that are more effective than others in impacting the fascial system of the body. In this training, you will learn how to teach in a way that is highly effective for the rehydration and unsticking of fascia. Since fascia surrounds nerves, organs, bones, and muscles, these movements create a highly potent way to move in our yoga asanas.

Each day will include lecture, discussion, practice and practicum. This event is part of our 300 Hour Teacher Training program but is open to teachers and non-teachers alike.

Friday: The Nervous System with Rainey, 5:00-8:00pm

Saturday: Fascia with Denise, 1:00-6:00pm

Tuition: $140 for the weekend

Register here for this event!