Lessons Related to this Zoom Lecture Topic

Lesson 6: Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology
Lesson 7: Learning the Asanas: Introduction
Lesson 8: Learning the Asanas: Warm-Ups and Sun Salutation
Lesson 9: Learning the Asanas: Standing Postures
Lesson 10: Learning the Asanas: Seated Postures
Lesson 11: Learning the Asanas: Supine and Prone Postures
Lesson 12: Learning the Asanas: Inverted Postures
Lesson 13: Learning the Asanas: Restorative Postures
Lesson 14: Learning the Asanas: Additional Techniques

*Note: You do not need to review all of these Lessons before reviewing the Zoom Lecture.


This week we did a quick review of the information covered in our last class on the Muscular System and then moved onto our discussion on Connective Tissue. We discussed its function and purpose, covered the types of connective tissue (connective tissue proper, fluid connective tissue, and supporting connective tissue), and then dived into connective tissue proper with the types of loose and dense connective tissue. We finished off our discussion by going over fascia, tendons, and ligaments as well as common issues that can be found in connective tissue.

Common Question: “How do we help students that have knots where the IT Band is?”.

First, you should always advise students to speak with a doctor to make sure that the pain is not part of a larger issue. In the mean time, you can help students by having them massage the area with their thumbs in a circular motion. This can help release some of the tension. Keep in mind that this type of pain is usually due to the muscles, not the IT Band itself (which is a tendon), so a light circular massage can help work out the knots. This can also help break up the tissue. In a Yoga class itself, doing postures that cross the legs can help stretch the side of the leg as well as the IT Band. Half Pigeon pose can also help. Sitting and doing a spinal rotation or doing quad stretches can help as well. If the IT Band has been overworked however, you can relax them with an abductor stretch like Baddha Konasana. Doing this asana while your hands are behind you supporting your weight while lifting the hips will help get the knees closer to the floor while relaxing the side of the thigh.



Additional Outside Resource

1. Connective Tissue Histology Explained for Beginners by Corporis (8mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYgtO1w4nC0

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