3-week morning challenge: “Fascia Yoga” with Valerie Hartwich
Jan 16-Feb 03, 2023
Mo-Fr 08.30-10.00
Studio Sonne (Sonnenallee 67) & online

Register here.

This morning challenge is held in Studio Sonne and online via Zoom.

You will receive the Zoom-Info to join the morning challenge together with your booking confirmation via e-mail. Yellow yoga will record the morning challenge and the recording will be available to watch for 48h for all yogis.

The fascia has in recent years been scientifically recognised as central to our well-being, from mobility, to healing, the immune system, or emotional states. It has also become obvious it plays a key role in sensory perception, or awareness, and could be what ancient yogis referred to as koshas and chakras. 

This course will explain what fascia is, how it functions and what it needs to support greater overall health. It will also make esoteric concepts such as chakras, nadhis, and koshas accessible and translatable in modern terms. In fact, diving into the world of fascia is like stepping into a magical realm of possibilities, opening up simple, practical and deeply impactful ways to deepen your connection with your body and the world around, to tap into your own healing power and experience the state of union that is yoga.

Each week will focus on a specific area of the body and we will move in specific ways to help you explore where your discomfort comes from and how to shift it. You will be offered simple movements and tools to use in daily life, as well as variations for your regular yoga practice to help keep your fascia healthy, and personalise your yoga practice, be it vinyasa and yin yoga. 

Week 1
– Fascia for the jaw/neck/shoulders.
– What is fascia.
– The main fascia lines in the body.
– Basic principles of fascia yoga in vinyasa.

Week 2
– Fascia for the middle and lower spine/diaphragm.
– What fascia needs for health.
– Basic principles of fascia yoga in yin.

Week 3
– Fascia for the hips/pelvis/legs.
– Fascia and the energy body: similarities in nature and needs.
– Fascia, perception and intuition.

All levels are welcome. Bring a journal for taking notes.

Valerie is a psychosomatic bodyworker and yoga teacher with a psychology/sociology background. She is eternally curious about how we can gracefully negotiate being human, and has found yoga to be a powerful tool to help with that quest. She practices and teaches a non-dualistic and demystified spirituality that fosters curiosity, kind playfulness and agency through vinyasa, yin, restorative yoga, and meditation. Her teaching is deeply influenced by the fascia yoga and trauma sensitive approaches, giving it a psychosomatic dimension, that is the interplay of body/mind/emotions. She believes in the power of curiosity and play in helping us uncover the patterns that hold us back, and the strategies that create change. And is convinced that one of the keys to achieving this is to use the physical practice as a lab to explore, feel and observe how we are, how we work and how we feel. But also by using simple practices to ground and balance ourselves in everyday life that she loves to share in class.