Fascia, which means “band” or “bundle” in Latin, surrounds, connects and supports our muscles, organs, bones, tendons, ligaments and other structures of the body. Similar to the membrane around each section of an orange, fascia both separates and connects body parts at the same time. Containing nerves, these tissues also serve as a layer of protection and body awareness.
While moving through yoga poses begins to hydrate and free the superficial layers of the fascia. Many factors in our daily life, including poor postural habits, stress-induced muscular tension, limited movement, injury, and dehydration, can cause Velcro-like adhesions to form within the fascia sticking muscles together and restricting their ability to perform their individual functions. Forced to move and work as a team, the muscles become less efficient