Tensegrity Repair Series
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Main and 14th
“Once you find the energy body and you thread your awareness through it, it does the movement for you.”
We know so little about fascia and yet we are on the right track! We are fortunate here in Vancouver to have been a host the Third International Fascia Research Congress, March 28-30 2012.
Although mainstream medicine only began research on fascia over the last 4o years, Osteopathy was working with it for more than a century (late 1800’s). We live, breathe and move through our fascia and its intrinsic motion is a fundamental expression of life itself.
The Founder of Osteopathy, A.T.Still, said: “The soul of man, with all the streams of pure living water, seems to dwell in the fascia of his body.”
The fibrous system of fascia is an unbroken network throughout the entire body, the same as the vascular and nervous net. Fascia surrounds every muscle, organ, nerve, and blood vessel. Its function is to support, lubricate and connect.
It is fascinating, though, that the mechanical information (tension and compression) travelling through this network is faster than both the vascular or nervous systems, approximately travelling at the speed of the sound! So, does that mean that if we sing to fascia it may “hear” us?
On the other hand, the repairing of this fibrous deformation and compensation may take weeks, month and even years to heal, as we know well if we have had an injury. Therefore, “the fibrous system is both the fastest (in communicating) and the slowest (in responding) of the three systems” (T. Myer).
Tomas Myers, a pioneer in the field of fascia, identified 12 or so myofascial longitudinal tracks, coining the term “Anatomy Trains“. These tracks of fascia somewhat coincide with the ancient Daoist findings of energetic meridians, the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
To understand the network of fascia, it is inevitable to explore the modern principle of Bio-tensegrity. Understanding and applying the principle of bio-tensegrity brings new light in movement practices (such as Yoga, pilates or dance) helping us find, restore and properly use our amazing locomotor system, cultivating ease, generous, poised movement and structural stability as well as expand this to mental and emotional stability and ease that percolate in all aspects of our lives and relationships.
In other words, to access this fascial “sign language” throughout the body, one has to develop and cultivate kinesthetic intelligence, which is very different from our intellectual, intelligence quotient (IQ). In this case, we are “getting out of the way ” of what our intellect tells us and tapping directly into the intelligence of the soma itself!
In the teachings of Yoga, there is a hypothesis that fascia is a “tuning fork” for the energy “body” (in Yoga called the “Pranamaya Kosha”).
As Gioia Irwin insinuates, if we “tune-in” to this unbroken fascial network and move with ITS awareness, then this intelligent continuum does the movement for us and it’s effortless (Daoist idea of “Song“).
The Anatomists also say that in this continuous network, our eyes are the headlights of our human fasciae (G. Hedley). Isn’t there a saying that the “eyes are the window of one’s soul”? Maybe if we tune into our fascia, we tune into our soul as A.T. Still suggested? …
If one is curious, one may find out. As a Yoga and meditation “somanout” (G. Hedley’s term for the “astronauts” exploring the inner space of soma), I am curious HOW we get out of the way and YIELD, give way, to this internal intelligence, how to encourage our human awareness to release its grip of fascination with our thoughts and dive deeply into the “brain” of the soma and let it guide the way.
This is, what we call, the PRACTICE of Yoga.
Facilitator’s Bio: http://www.theyogawheel.com/theyogawheel/about-founder
I immigrated to Canada from my war-torn country (ex Yugoslavia) in 1995, after graduating from the University of Belgrade and receiving extensive training in counselling psychology and therapy (Psychodynamic and Gestalt approach). Initially, I worked as a Refugee Officer ( YVR) and Settlement Counsellor in Vancouver, and soon after became a full-time Yoga and Meditation teacher as well as a Yoga therapist. In the last fifteen years, I have been studying and practicing Dharma with Theravadan, as well as Nyingma and Kagyu Tibetan schools and am serving as a meditation guide at the Shambhala International.
I have completed over 1,500 hours of yoga and meditation training including 800 hrs in Vijnana Yoga, a couple of month long meditation retreats, and have a life commitment to study, practice and teach Dharma. I am a member of Vancouver Mindfulness Network of professionals dedicated to practicing and applying mindfulness in all sectors of society.
My personal practice is less “doing” and more “un-doing”, and making room for living, moving, breathing Yoga. I aspire to cultivate this in my teachings, in my service to others, society, and the environment.
I am deeply grateful to all my teachers and those who helped me along the way: Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham (Shambhala International), Yogi Bhajan and Kundalini Research Institute ( Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma), Gioia Irwin and Orit Sen Gupta (Hatha, Vijnana Yoga), Gil Headley (Integral Anatomy), Thomas W. Myers (Anatomy Trains), Howard Jones (glimpses of Anatomy), Andrew Feldmár (Ethics and politics of experience), and the BMC* teacher Bonny Bainbridge Cohen.
*Body-Mind Centering (C)
Main and 14th