The best laid plans…When I redid my website and added a blog a couple of years ago, I fully intended to use it to regularly talk about any number of things. Especially the Rolfing series, the goals of each session, exercises and movements that could augment the goals of each session, etc. Also the research about structure, back pain, sitting postures, and on and on.
So I got really busy and dropped the ball. Mea culpa! Here is step one in my goal to make the blog useful to those of you visiting for the first time, trying to learn about Rolfing, and some info for those who already know quite a bit about Rolfing.
I’m (re)starting things with a description of a type of yoga that I’m really excited about. It is the Yogalign method developed my Michaelle Edwards. I heard about her and her yoga in a New York Times article about women and yoga injuries. Edwards is longtime yoga practitioner/teacher who eventually developed hip problems similar to those described in the NYTimes article.
She worked with Tom Myers (my first instructor in my Rolfing training, who later left the Rolf Institute to teach his own form of structural integration), to develop an approach to yoga that would prevent chronic injuries, and would work towards the same structural/postural goals that us Rolfers are working towards with our clients. I’ve been practicing Yogalign for over a year now, and I think she got it right. Her yoga is gentle enough and smart enough to prevent postures that could potentially do harm over time. And from my experience, it is a really nice way for Rolfing clients to do their own homework, independently of Rolfing or to augment their work with their Rolfer.
I plan to describe at least a couple of stretches consistent with Michaelle’s goals in future blog posts, that clients can easily do to explore the structural goals that they’ll explore with their Rolfer or structural integration practitioner. But for the moment, I just wanted to give a shout out to her and links to her work.
Her website is here: http://www.manayoga.com/
Her book is available on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/YogAlign-Pain-free-Yoga-Your-Inner/dp/0615544754 It’s $58, and it includes an in-depth description of her ideas and approach, how Yogalign can help your structure, a very detailed description of her poses and stretches complete with pictures, and a dvd to take you through an hour of her yoga. It’s well worth the money.
A list of Yogalign trained practitioners is here: http://www.manayoga.com/yogalign_teachers.htm Michaelle is located in Hawaii, and Yogalign is (slowly) making its way across the country, so you may or may not find practitioners near you. (There’s no one in Dallas yet!) I have a vague goal to take her training someday, partly for my own benefit, and partly to offer classes to my clients, but that is down the road a bit. I’d encourage you to check out her site and her system.