Oh, dear that title sounded a little dirtier than it was meant to, but this week at fat class I learned about something called body rolling, which was created by Yamuna Zake and is usually known as Yamuna Body Rolling or YBR. The class was really about physical therapy and weight loss, but part of it featured a demonstration of this technique and I got to be the guinea pig. Normally, I probably would not be the first to volunteer, but I am so glad that I did!
The idea of body rolling, which can be used as a complement to yoga, is that you use a small, firm ball (the one we used was maybe a little smaller than a basketball, but the sizes can vary depending on what you are doing) to work pathways along the body. For example, in the exercise I learned, you start sitting on the ball with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, arms supporting your upper body. Then you slowly shift your position to allow ball to roll from your tailbone and up along the spine to the neck while it bears the weight of your body. The effect feels like a combination of massage, chiropractic adjustment, and the kind of gentle stretching you do in yoga (I know, I know, you’d never know it to look at me now, but there actually WAS a time back in the day when played around with yoga!) and it is AWESOME. I have been doing it every night before bed and it is such a lovely, relaxing and stress relieving way to end the day. I am thinking it could also be a nice way to unwind before meditating. It is something I definitely want to learn more about.
Hope you had a great, restful weekend.