For 20 years I was a chocolatier; working in the magic and mystery of the liquid crystal medium we call “chocolate”. Then I became a yoga teacher and manual therapist, specialising in soft tissue (fascia), learning (for the next 20 years) that we have an inner matrix that is also a liquid crystal medium. As a storyteller, full of wonder and curiosity about how this magical, living architecture of each unique human form works, I was fascinated to write “YOGA: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement”. I learned we each express our own matrix our own way; archetypally. It led me via many scientists, researchers, clients and curious fellow beings, to presenting around the world from the leading edge of this fascinating field. How do fascia and biotensegrity (the geometry of our form) help us to move better, feel better and enjoy more? I will be talking to some of those experts and sharing some experiences from the thousands of movement and manual sessions I have done and hours I have spent in the anatomy laboratory; exploring how fascia (our self-assembled inner matrix) reveals its secrets. We don’t always know the code, but since the magic is sometimes in the mystery, the stories help us to better understand pain (to remove it) and performance (to improve it), in our own unique (and archetypal) ways.
Fascia is Bound to Perform
Fascia and water play supremely significant roles in removing pain and improving performance. They work together in very specific ways. Fascia has many different expressions in the human body and water (which is mostly what we are made of) does too - of a particular kind. That is "bound water" - bound by fascia and (in a way) bound as fascia. It isn't liquid water in the sense of what you might expect to see pouring from a jug. It has a very different structure - and this quick episode helps you make sense of how fascia plays a part. This is a short and sweet tip (an accessible sound byte) on a subject bigger than an iceberg! More soon 🙏🏻😊🕸
What is tree school? Well, it turns out there is such a thing - it's just that trees don't speak "English" or "Spanish" or any of our mother tongues - any more than our own bodies do! They have a whole other language that has a whole lot we can learn from. In this episode I play with that idea and why it is so essential for us to go to Tree School too!! Reference: Peter Wohlleben The Secret Life of Trees and Joanne Avison Yoga Fascia Anatomy and Movement, Chapter 7: Architexture
What does ‘mystery’ mean to you? It may have different meanings depending on the circumstances you find yourself in. In this episode, I discuss the role of mystery in our own healing, be that personal or on behalf of the clients you treat and work with. How does science account for mystery; do we accept it as something that we can’t ever (and should never) know, or do we believe we’re entitled to know? That it is only a matter of time before all life’s mysteries can be crunched into quantifiable data? What is the value and the grace of mystery in our everyday lives, and does our acceptance of the unknown contribute towards removing pain and improving our performance?
References: Eben Alexander M.D, “Proof of Heaven” Simon & Schuster
What does it mean when we focus on "Stepping Up" our performance? In this episode we look into traveling first class, in life - and how, through a fit of giggles, I learned a very profound lesson!
Why Fascia is Essential to Yoga
I was delighted to chat with Ram and Kalyani who are co-founders of Arhanta Online Academy, an important centre of excellence in yoga.
Between us all, we have decades of experience teaching yoga in a variety of ways. Indeed, we could easily have talked (for hours) about yoga as a means to remove pain and improve performance! We know it can play a meaningful role in both and this truth lies at the centre of our respective work. In this conversation we shine a spotlight on Education in the yoga field and the importance of including both the science and the senses, the form and the feel of yoga as a somatic experience. We talk about this through the lens of Fascia and why it is so essential to understand in any yoga practice.
We cannot reduce that somatic sense to scientific data – however, we can use it wisely to help us find the most appropriate wisdom behind our work; respecting the scientific research that supports it. That is a way to honour the ancient wisdom behind Yoga – which Ram and Kalyani understand so deeply. It's a lovely chat and Ram asked some challenging and valuable questions later on about fascia. It is always a delight to discover we are all coming from similar intentions to make sense of yoga - and make a difference - for all stages of learning and teaching in the field. Always an honour!
Interview: Marie Marguerite
Marie is a true artist and presenter of movement, art and ideas that come under the banner of the Healing Arts on a very international multi-cultural basis! Her translation of movement into practice and creative ways of improving performance are so dynamic and unique! This chat inspired me so much! There are some wonderful "outside the box" ideas ...that speak for themselves! Enjoy!! (You will hear how much I did!).
Your podcast is a real gem
I really appreciate your podcast Joanne and I found your recent discussions with Jan Trewartha and Sarah Cox so wonderful. You are all extraordinary human beings and this work is transformational. Kind wishes, Dawn 🙏💫