Saturday, January 29, 2011

Shaking off the Fuzz

Hello Dear Ones,

In this morning's class I spoke about how, when we sleep, tiny strands of connective tissue begin to form between the sliding surfaces of the muscles. When we get out of bed in the morning and take the time to stretch and move our muscles in all the many ways they are made to move, we are breaking up and melting all those little fibers, or "fuzz" that builds up in the musculature. If our muscles are not regularly moved and stretched, either because of injury or habit, that fuzz gets thicker and stronger, and eventually forms adhesions that limit our range of motion. Here's a fascinating and entertaining video by anatomy guru Gil Hedley that explains all this--I highly recommend you check it out. The video does show a human cadaver, but it's very clean--there's no blood or guts. Gil's informative 5-minute speech clearly and humorously illustrates why hatha yoga practice is so essential for our bodies and general well-being.

May you enjoy waking up each morning and "shaking off the fuzz!"

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