Hey, One Down Dog community! Holli Rabishaw here. A little bit about me. I am an E-RYT 500, Integrated Yoga Tune Up® teacher/trainer and yoga practitioner. I, along with Alexandra Ellis, will be leading the upcoming Yoga Tune Up® teacher training at the One Down Dog yoga studio in Silverlake. I want to tell you why I became a self-proclaimed "Ball-erina" and why you should incorporate therapeutic self massage into your professional offerings and personal practice.
First of all, it feels “amazeBALLS!” But the science is also important. I’ll use the shoulder as an example. As a vinyasa flow yoga teacher, I could demonstrate the positioning of the shoulders, and provide detailed cues for downdog and chaturanga, and still see students struggling to position and stabilize their shoulders.
My real "ah-ha" happened when I explored my own rotator cuff using Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls and corrective exercise. The grippy, pliable balls unstuck the muscle tissues and freed my upper back and shoulders immediately for a strong and high-endurance practice! I couldn’t believe the impact of using therapy balls. I transitioned from this: "Yes, I feel my trapezius muscle is tight, but oh, well…" to the empowering: "I am relieving the stiffness in my trapezius muscle that is limiting my shoulder movement, leaving me unable to effectively respond to alignment cues, and I feel stronger."
This transition can happen for you as well. It must occur in the teacher and/or the student to reap the rewards of any kind of physical practice or movement modality. Want to prevent injury and find more WOW in your asana? Get on the balls!
I could go on and on about the benefits, but come experience them for yourself. You'll thank me later.
March 1, 2015
One Down Dog
4343 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
In this 8 hour course "The Science of Rolling: Therapy Ball Practitioner's Training" we will educate on the science of fascia, how rolling affects the nervous system and muscle tissue, and body-mapping of key locations that hold tension and stress. And, we will teach you to unwind pain and discomfort using 6 proven therapy ball sequences. This class will up-level your teaching in a classroom setting and provide a full toolkit of ways to relate to your students in private sessions. Self-care massage work with Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls has provided a referral source that has grown my student base and ear-marked me as a confident teacher able to relate to students and draw them into classes for long term and personal impact. Plus, the ball jokes are fantastic fun!