Are Muscles & Fascia Yin or Yang in Yoga?

Many ideas about fascia and muscles travel around the internet all the time. Some are based on facts; others on “factoids.” But a LOT of what’s said, written and taught are not facts at all.

The problem is that any ideas you have of how muscles and fascia work determines how you work with, how you “stretch,” your muscles. The differences in how you work can be profound.

Sometimes, a particular attitude toward our soft tissues is not very effective, at other times dangerous.

It’s hard enough to think clearly in medical, anatomical and physiological terms. But throw in more esoteric concepts such as Yin Yang Theory from Oriental Medicine, and things can get complicated.

Is Fascia Yin? Or is it Yang?

One very well know author claims that fascia is “Yin,” therefore need

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Beginning at 13 years of age, DSL's been involved with alternative philosophies & practices most of his life. Becoming a yoga teacher in 1976, then a hands-on bodyworker in 1981, he developed a unique & highly effective form of Yoga / Bodywork / Whole Health Fitness & Therapeutics. … David wrote the chapters on a wholistic philosophy & physiology of bodywork & stretching for the textbook Structural Balancing, published by McGraw-Hill, Inc. in 2010. … He is the author of Simple Steps to Let-Go Yoga, available at: … Several other e-books and e-courses are soon forthcoming at … David consults with Kyle C. Wright on massage school development at the Schools of Advanced Bodywork at .
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