So if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram (if you don't please do!! links below) then you know that I just completed the in class contact hours for my Level 1 Yoga Tune Up training. I have been asked so many times what the heck is it? So I thought it makes sense to put explain more here!
Yoga Tune Up is best know for it's incorporation of Yoga Therapy Balls to roll out muscle and fascia. That is exactly how I was introduced to it. I took a class with my 200hr Anatomy teacher Laurel Beversdorf. I loved the idea of being able to roll out my body and perform this self massage on myself. But little did I know there is SO much more to the Yoga Tune Up format.
Yoga Tune Up is a methodology that draws from yoga, corrective movement, & self massage to provide insight and awareness to the bodies blind spots that we often miss. These can be areas of the body that are overused, underused, misused, or confused, which are typically a catalyst for pain and injury. The information obtained by this exploration of the joints, muscles, and fascia can help us to awaken, strengthen, and mobilize our both our bodies and minds to create a sense of overall balance and wellbeing.
Having suffered from many injuries in my body, not to mention depression and anxiety around these injuries; I was drawn to want to understand this Yoga Tune Up stuff. Turns out the training wasn't on therapy balls at all! The training was focused on anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, and kinesiology to help us to deepen our knowledge of the why and how of the movements we as yoga teachers are asking you to do. Like how will Triangle Pose help you in the real world? What is it about this pose that translates off the mat. (Learn more about Triangle Pose HERE) Where else in our lives do we use those muscles that can make a genuine impact on YOU as the student. Not just the feeling of being Yoga Stoned at the end of class...which cannot be underrated either!
This training has given me a new view and has stimulated my creative juices. I am so excited to use what I have learned to help others as well as in my practice to help me with my own injuries and the parts of those injuries that my body and I are hanging on to. There is definately a psyclological component to it....and thats why I am also taking the advanced 300hr Yoga. Psyche. Soul training....but thats for another day.