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Episode 90: All About Your Fascia with Jill Miller (Part II)

This week, we continue our conversation with Jill Miller to learn even more about the mysterious (and amazing!) connective tissue that literally holds our bodies together, fascia.

We learn more about:
* What the three different layers of fascia are, how each layer functions, and why each one is important
* Where in your own body you can feel the different textures of fascia
* What happens to the fascia when you stretch your muscles
* How to use tools like therapy balls, a yoga mat, or even a hard wood floor to create awareness from the skin to the deep fascia (Hint: Less is more)
* Whether rolling on therapy balls is more effective before or after exercise


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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 89: All About Your Fascia with Jill Miller (Part I)

What You Need to Know about Your IT Band by Jill Miller

Gil Hedley, Integral Anatomy, VI pt1: Skin and Superficial Fascia

Fascia: What It Is and Why It Matters, by David Lesondak

Episode 74: Jill Miller Talks Honestly About Hip Replacement Surgery & How Yoga Is In Need of a Tune Up

More About Yoga Tune Up®: www.tuneupfitness.com/yogatuneup

Jill Miller on Instagram and Facebook 

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Episode 89: All About Your Fascia With Jill Miller (Part I)

I’ve got a special two-part series this week Yoga Tune Up® founder Jill Miller about — you guessed it — fascia. There is more and more info. being shared about fascia. But I’ve found that it sometimes feels esoteric. My goal with these interviews is threefold: I wanted to offer clarity about what fascia is and then talk about why it is so important and how we can apply this info. to our yoga practice. By the end of Part II, I feel like Jill and I dug into all of these questions, so be patient! Fascia is complex and it took me a bit longer than usual for these interviews to land.

We learn more about:
* What exactly fascia is anyway? And why is there some controversy over the definition.
* Why fascia is the “Cinderella story of human anatomy”
* How to incorporate our understanding of fascia into our yoga practice
* Why using a yoga ball to roll one part of your body can help to relieve tension in another part of the body
* The nervous system’s relationship to the fascia system


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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS
Fascia: What It Is and Why It Matters, by David Lesondak

Episode 74: Jill Miller Talks Honestly About Hip Replacement Surgery & How Yoga Is In Need of a Tune Up

More About Yoga Tune Up®: www.tuneupfitness.com/yogatuneup

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Episode 88: Looking at Yoga Poses Through the Lens of Yoga Neuromechanics With Robyn Capobianco

Yogis often talk about the nervous system in terms of how it responds to stress. But if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the science of how the nervous system works, this episode is for you! (Spoiler alert: It controls almost everything related to movement!)

This week, I talked with yoga therapist and PhD candidate Robyn Capobianco, who studies at the Neurophysiology of Movement  Laboratory at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She explains how her research applies to yogis and offers practical ways to apply her findings to avoid yoga injuries and more. It’s fascinating stuff.

We explore:
* How the nervous system works and informs movement
* How the body responds to sensory input, and how it relates to yoga
* How the SI joint differs from other joints in the body and what yogis can do to avoid SI joint pain
* One simple thing you can do to engage the core more in Plank Pose
* Questions the science behind common beliefs like: Is it really unsafe to jump back from Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) to Plank Pose? And gets to the bottom of why teachers instruct you to lift your toes in Utkatasana (Chair Pose).

“I really believe in creating a sustainable yoga practice. That means doing the postures, not for the reward of doing the actual pose, but for being in our body, and being in our breath, and really trying to suck the juice out of yoga.” – Robyn Capobianco

“There are no bad movements. There are movements that are appropriate or not appropriate for a certain time and place.” – Robyn Capobianco

Robyn Capobianco in Plank Pose

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Robyn  Capobianco on Instagram

Yoga Neruomechanics website

The Story of the Human Body by Daniel E. Liberman

Light on Life by BKS Iyengar

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Episode 27: Q&A with Jason Crandell – Happy Hips, Hammies, and Lower Back

Hi everyone!

Before jetting off on his most recent trip to Hong Kong, I sat with Jason to answer more listener-submitted questions. This time we just happened to get questions that all centered around the lower body. So, we talk about:

* How to best work with tight hamstrings?
* How to best recover when your hamstring has been overstretched?
* How to find stability and strengthen the low back, quadratus lomborum (QL), and sacrum after pregnancy?
* What’s up with hearing about yogis having hip replacements? How can you keep your hips safe in yoga?

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Yoga and Your Hips, Part I
Yoga and Your Hips, Part II
Yoga and Your Hips, Part III
Essential Sequence for Lower Back Pain
A Smart Flow for Hamstrings
Essential Sequence: Quick Hip Openers
Essential Sequence: Open into Hanumansana
Glute-Free Hamstrings? by Roger Cole [This is the article we referenced about whether or not you should squeeze your glutes in backbends.]

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David Szesztay — Smiling Flowers
David Szesztay — Sweet Water

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Yoga and Your Hips, Part 1

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Yoga has made me curious about my body for more than 20 years. When I feel restriction in my outer hips during Pigeon Pose, I wonder what exactly is holding me back—is it my gluteus maximus, my piriformis and external rotators, my posterior capsule… or my questionable karma? Hey, I’m a Virgo, I don’t like surprises, and teaching yoga is my passion, so I like to understand these things. That’s fair, right?

My hips have been a source of constant inquiry. I grew up skateboarding and playing ice hockey, so you can imagine that I’ve had my work cut out for me when it comes to creating more range of movement. For years, my singular focus was to open my hips. Now, a little older and a little wiser, I have a more balanced approach to my hips that also includes plenty of strengthening work.

When I started creating online anatomy programs with Paul Roache, MD, I built them for three people: me, myself, and I. I needed to build a program that would help me understand the body in a more refined, yet simplified way.

Now, I’m creating these Illustrated Guides to Yoga and Anatomy for the students in my trainings—and, for you. If you’re interested in understanding your body and creating more sustainability in your practice, then we’re on the same page. And if you want to train with me more formally, you can either join my online anatomy course (details here), or join me for my teacher training in San Francisco launching February 15, 2016. You can take the entire training or come for individual modules. (Details here.)

This Illustrated Guide to Yoga and Your Hips, Part 1 focuses on the joint structure and ligaments. I know it’s not as sexy as the musculature, but the structure tells us a very interesting story if we’re patient enough to listen. It tells us the story of the body’s complementary demands of strength, stability, and flexibility. Unlike the relatively unstable ball and socket joint in your shoulders, the hip-joint is extremely strong due to the nature of the socket and the reinforcement it receives from the ligaments and muscles. Plus, if you understand your hip’s structure, you’ll have a much easier time understanding your muscles.

Now, let’s look at a quick, simple glossary so that you are on point with your terms:

Coxal Joint: This is the anatomical term used to describe the hip joint.

Head of femur: The rounded top of your thighbone that fits into your pelvis. This is the “ball” in the “ball and socket” of your hip.

Acetabulum: The dish-like part of your pelvis that the head of the femur fits into. This is the “socket” in the” ball and socket” of your hip.

Labrum: Fibrocartilaginous tissue that encircles the inside of the acetabulum. The labrum helps the head of your femur sit more deeply into the acetabulum, helps absorb shock, and helps form a seal for the fluid inside the hip joint. It’s made of the same tissue that the meniscus in your knee is made of and provides similar functions.

Ischiofemoral ligament: Located on the back of the hip joint, this ligament connects the ischium to the femur. This ligament helps limit excessive extension and adduction (internal rotation).

Iliofemoral ligament: Running from the front of the pelvis to the femur, this is the strongest ligament in the body. Its’ primary role is to limit excessive extension in your hips.

Pubofemoral ligament: Also running from the front of the pelvis to the femur, this ligament limits excessive extension and abduction (external rotation).

The Front of Your Hips
This simple, clean rendering shows the ball and socket with the ligaments and muscles removed. The head of the femur is colored silver so that you can easily see the nature of the ball and socket joint.

Front of Your Hip Joint

The Back of Your Hips
Another image that shows the ball and socket without the muscles or ligaments. This view is from the back.

Back of Your Hip Joint

The Center of your Hip Joint with the Femur Pulled Away
This illustration shows the interior of the ball and socket. You can see how the head of the femur plugs into the acetabulum and is encircled by the labrum. It reminds us that the hip joint is a full, 360 degree circle and that we want to create strength and flexibility in the entire circumference. This illustration will help you understand how the muscles are laid out in Part 2 of this series!

Center of Hip Joint

Your Acetabulum and Labrum
If you’re familiar with what the meniscus looks like, you’ll see that the labrum is almost visually identical. If you’re not, I’ll be creating a guide to yoga and your knees soon! Notice how the labrum is a horseshoe-shaped to cushion the femur and allow it to glide more smoothly in the socket.

Acetabulum and Labrum

Ligaments on the Front of Your Hip
The ligaments on the front of your hip are strong, powerful tissues that limit excessive hip extension and abduction. This means that these ligaments—if excessively tight—may have a limiting effect on hip extension your backbends or anything that requires your legs to be separated far apart, like Baddha Konasana.

Ligaments on the Front of Your Hip

Ligament on the Back of Your Hip
The Ischiofemoral ligament, which runs from your ischium to your femur, reinforces the back side of your hip joint. It limits excessive internal rotation.

Ligaments on the Back of Your Hip

I hope this illustrated guide gives you insight into your hips and helps you teach your students with greater confidence and clarity. We’ll look at the hip muscles in Part 2 and “best practices” for your hips in Part 3 (coming soon).

In case you missed them, here’s The Illustrated Guide Yoga and Your Core, Part 1 & Part 2.

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