a fusion of the words tension and integrity. alluding to the balance that can be practiced in the body.
where do we need to let go. where do we need support to feel balanced in our facial web? to feel like we are one body and one muscle instead of fragmented?
diving into this feeling in the body results in less extraneous and jerky movements as well as an evenness of tone throughout the body. you can see tensegrity in a baby’s body. connection to the earth… no unnecessary tension… relaxed breath and belly… beautifully connected core strength in long lines through the body. from tip to tip. imagine feeling that now in your body? integrated and coherent, relaxed and grounded, and able to execute powerful movements in a relaxed way?!
they do not directly pass load on to each other.
forces placed on our bodies do so by flowing through our muscles and fascial structures. we are essentially “floating” in the tensile web created by the fascial matrix that holds us together.
looking at the bones as a system of continuous compressions members, like the beams and rafters of a house, results in force calculations predicting the shearing and crushing of bones under regular daily loads. it is only by modeling the transmission of forces in the tensional members of our bodies (the muscles and connective tissue) that we can account for our ability to perform simple everyday tasks.
the approach to yoga asana, that gioia irwin has been exploring for the last 10 years, takes into account the relative unwinding, strengthening and re-balancing of this fascial web, how to release parts of it through oscillation, and how to weave over-stretched parts of it back together. the results include an even basket weave of tension that you can simply rest into. the strength and ease of a this child-like body gives a feeling of your joints being “threaded”. this feels like an even support on all sides of the joint, and the joint rubs, clicks and pops a little less; in fact, it almost feels like it vanishes.
It is like a well oiled bicycle, a smooth and fluid circular ride. Whereas when the gears are grinding and clicking, the ride feels bumpier and fragmented.
“Lydia is an exceptional yoga teacher. Her technical expertise of the asanas, and the human body and her years of practice is enough to have her stand out as a leader in her field. I am impressed by her ability to easily modify any pose to suit a student and create a safe, effective practice for her students of varying levels. Lydia brings a light heartedness, warmth and a presence to her classes that in my experience is as nourishing as the physical practice. By her being she inspires students to go deeper and open more fully.
Classes with Lydia are rejuvenating and restorative and help bring me home to myself. Thank you Lydia.”
Dr. Monika Herwig ND