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November 19, 2014 by Indra Kubicek
By Indra Kubicek
It's The Secret to Learning Body Sustainability in 3 Easy Steps!A few weeks ago I spent my Sunday afternoon rolling around on inflatable balls with a group of about 40 adults. Yes, it sounds a bit like gym class in primary school but believe me its WAY better! Although challenging, its at the top of my list for best things you can do for yourself The therapeutic body rolling workshop “Unlocking the Desk-bound Body” caught my eye when I saw it on the Indaba Yoga FB page. Like many people, I've spent much of my life hunching over a computer. And now I'm in the same habit many of are when we walk: head down, frantically typing away on my iphone. I know the affect on my body from all this is certainly not great. (And Even though I practice yoga, body rolling is something different and very special!) I jumped at the invitation to attend a session with a truly amazing teacher, Leila Sadeghee. But when Leila walked in with 3 giant duffle bags full of inflatable balls I admit I was a little skeptical about the whole thing. 3 hours later, I was a complete convert, and in body bliss!
What is Body Rolling?Yamuna Body Rolling, or "YBR" is a technique for releasing tension and lengthening the muscles, was developed by Lana , who Leila credits as a “master of body sustainability”. Leila can be credited with bringing the practice to the UK from New York and is the leading expert here in London.
What is going on with the average middle age body?!?Before we began the session began, Lelia asked if anyone had any injuries or pain they were working with. And I was completely blown away with the current body state of our modern-day bodies! In an era where we are supposedly staying younger longer, life expectancy is a the highest its ever been, us 30 & 40 something's seem to be suffering from loads of physical pain or injuries and many of us are walking around like stiff boards. The list of issues that came up included:
- disc bulges
- planter fasciitis
- broken coccyx bones
- hip problems
- lower back pain (my quick statistical calculation - 1 out of 2 people suffer from back pain)
- herniated discs
- shoulder issues