The video every yogi needs to see!

Via on Mar 28, 2011

“THE FUZZ SPEECH.”

About Tobye Hillier

Originally from England, Tobye Hillier has lived in Ireland for over 17 years, living in a small seaside town called Greystones 20 miles south of Dublin. A qualified Karuna yoga teacher (RYT 500), Tobye also plays a pretty darn funky 5-string bass guitar and likes to sing in other peoples' showers. Empathic and intuitive, He likes to bend Yoga to suit people and not the other way around.

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73 Responses to “The video every yogi needs to see!”

  1. Nancy A says:

    agreed. this video is a game changer

  2. ~*~ says:

    freaky presentation of a very interesting portrait of myofacial fibers – thanks for posting! i'm coming to ireland this summer to visit my father who lives in dublin – any suggestions for superb yoga in the city?

    • Tobye Hillier yogi tobye says:

      open mind yoga on pearse street in the city centre is the superb. really excellent teachers and workshops.Noah Mazé was there just recently.

      Glad you liked the Doc!

  3. fivefootwo says:

    Whoa. Nothing like a visual to drive the point home. Useful, Thank you.

  4. Brent Binder drbinder says:

    Awesome, but let's not limit fuzz to movement therapy. Many important experiments have confirmed the nutritional relationship to "fuzz" and the toxic buildup that occurs from an unclean diet. Recent modeling is also explaining how emotions play an integral role in building or breaking "fuzz" throughout the body. Everything is connected! Excellent video!

    • Tobye Hillier yogi tobye says:

      Can definitely see (and feel) that as being true!

    • Michael says:

      The importance of Mitahara, the controlled intake of foods, is stressed in the Chandogya Upanishad.
      Shandor Remete translates that particular section as follows:
      The gross part of solids becomes feces, the middle part becomes flesh, while the solid part becomes mind.
      The gross part of fluid becomes urine, the middle part blood, and the subtle part breath.
      The gross part of fire (digestive process) becomes bone, the middle part becomes marrow, and the fine part becomes speech.

      I have found this consideration to be a critical piece of making any sort of real progress with yoga practice.

  5. ARCreated says:

    fuzz free living baby!!! awesome

  6. Evan says:

    what is the technical term for 'fuzz'??

  7. Faith Morgan says:

    Awesome video………… this will really help all my Lupus and chronic pain friends!!! Thank you!

  8. Johhny says:

    Uh – how about its true anatomical term a "loose areolar plane" that is present from birth and a potential space for small intermuscular movements in between the origin and insertion. Not quite "fuzz" nor related to your diet or emotional state.

    • Brenda says:

      Thank you, i really don't care for the "fuzz" term. besides he is demonstrating with a preserved corpse, the connective tissue he refers to as "fuzz" is much different in a live person and i believe the dehyxrationanal effect from the chemicals used to preserve corpses is substantial.

      • Aoife says:

        Its true that the cadaver is preserved but that corpse is quite fresh. I've dissected a few cadavers during my studies and they were much more solid than that, even at the beginning of the year when they were quite 'new'. Some of the muscle he's showing there is quite similar to how it is in surgery (without the blood obscuring the field of course). So its not perfect but its quite close.

    • will says:

      I don't want to knock your terminology, it certainly has its value, but the popularity/spread of this information is due to its simplicity; people forget there is brilliance in simplicity and mistake complicated terminology as an indicator of intelligence. Here we actually have wisdom, in that the point is well made and in a way that everyone can understand.

  9. Pamela says:

    So doesn't it build up at night? I need more information. Why and how does it form and is it always right to get rid of it?

    • Dinneen says:

      We are constantly rebuilding and laying down new collagen and elastin. We don't want to get rid of our fascia, but what Gil's saying is that once injured if we abstain from movement, the body creates more fascia to compensate and "adhere" the injury (like a bandaid) but if we don't move the area of injury becomes less hydrated, less mobile over time. He's issued a second fuzz speak to clarify this one.

  10. Karl Marx says:

    was that guy drunk?

  11. Colin says:

    I bought the DVD series a few years back and really enjoyed them. We use some excerpts from them in our teacher training program. This clip was one of the more memorable ones. There is another one where they manage to remove the entire myofascial sheath from a body. Its incredible.

  12. Alicia says:

    So is fuzz cross fibre adhesions or myofascial fibres or are they the same thing?

  13. Fascia connects the body. It holds it together. If you overstretch it you can get into trouble too. It does not bounce back. Careful to my flexi friends.

    • JinpaG says:

      Yes, some yogis are overstretched, particularly around joints. Integration of muscle fibres & with ligamentous tissue for strength aaand flexibility — not over-extension or over-stretching — achieved together. I particularly like when he says, "what every cat in the world knows …." Thing is, they don't "think it", they just do it, and don't usually impose a regimen that tries to achieve any particular goal. They move & stretch in natural ways.

  14. Gil Hedley is great. He was originally trained as a Rolfer, which explains the unique perspective on fascia. :)
    I got to take cadaver labs with him during my Rolfing training…. he is a great teacher in person, and really cultivates an attitude of respect for the bodies that we are working with, while also helping people learn to see the body in a different way.

    • Tobye Hillier yogi tobye says:

      Yes My Anatomy and physiology teacher Gary Carter, was also a Rolfer. It was him that first introduced me to myofascia.

      Gill Hedley's worked with some very cool people (including yourself Karin)!

  15. Claudia Azula Altucher Claudia says:

    Cool!, great find, i love it!

  16. Max says:

    Be gone Fuzz!!! Just clarifys that there is method in the madness of us Yogi's & our daily stretches. Thanks Tobes :) x x

  17. Claudia Azula Altucher Claudia says:

    OK, so, I just practiced after watching the video, and holly molly! [spelling? foreigner here] it was so good to have the visuals, I am so in appreciation for this video, again, gratitude for the post!

  18. ali says:

    this is so epicly rad. Full range of motion in the body-mind is where it's at. this reminds me not only of yoga and bodywork – but also of Eric Franklin's work in the Franklin Method.

  19. char says:

    wow! what's his PhD in?

    • Fuzz skeptic says:

      This is exactly the point. His PHD is in religious studies. So I looked up his school he went to in NYC. It has no website and the FB page has 150 followers? IM School of Healing Arts… He seems to make great money off his videos and seminars but where did he learn his info? Theory and pseudoscience?

  20. THE FUZZ = Motivation to stretch/do yoga everyday! I knew my cats where smarter than me

  21. Heather Grimes says:

    What a fascinating video blurb—

  22. Melissa says:

    I took a workshop from Gil at Kripalu. He's amazing, uniquely spiritual, entertaining and brilliant. I did a blog post on the fuzz speech last year. http://www.glutenfreeforgood.com/blog/fuzz-food-i

  23. Todd says:

    That was INCREDIBLE! I am turning 40 this summer and I have only been doing yoga for a year now, I am so tight in some areas like my shoulders. This really explains it to me… I have a lot of years of decreased flexiblity and movement there. Thanks for posting that video! I shared it will my friends on Facebook already! Thankyou!!!

  24. J.D. says:

    This dude is the Bob Ross of cadavers…

  25. Toga says:

    is not it an infringement on Bikram Yoga? In the USA the founder of Bikram yoga (Hot yoga) sued the plagirizers and won the case. He is the only one who certifies it the teaching credentians in the USA. Therefore, the certificate gotten in Thailand at least in the USA will be invalid.

  26. Joe says:

    This is simply not based on any evidence. The "fuzz" on the cadaver (might be solidified fat) is not seen in living tissue. (watch any operation). Physio is useful, but not for these reasons. This is pseudoscience. I am a Doctor, I have seen both cadavers and been in operating theatres.

    Exercise, stay fit and flexible, but don't listen to bullshit explanations.

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  28. Greg Wieting says:

    Check out http://www.bodytalksystem.com. BodyTalk is a totally comprehensive, consciousness based health care system. It helps the body unravel all of the causative factors leading to health issues and injuries – especially the FUZZ factor. Working with BodyTalk I'm curious to help balance what rests beneath the fuzz the beliefs, attitudes, compensation patterns and so on that create rigidity in the fascia and connective tissue and thus compromise overall communication and integration within the body. With BodyTalk the body's own wisdom helps the body to express new ways of being so holding patterns and constrictions can liberate and the body can find a greater awareness from the inside out. BodyTalk is an incredible stand alone health care system for just about every health issue you could imagine. I also love sharing BodyTalk with my Yoga students to help deepen body awareness which can then bring a greater energetic and embodied connection to movement and life.

  29. Jessie Paul says:

    Wow! I loved this! Want to share with my yoga class right away!

  30. Jules says:

    Loving the fuzz, am going to tell everyone I meet about this!!

  31. Amy Whelan says:

    OK, I definitely gotta work the fuzz out of my right shoulder! Ha! That is one great clip. Thanks!

  32. Doug says:

    Maybe a little less sensationalism and a little more real science would also work today. Maybe not. Perhaps we are all ready to believe what we see on the internet even if the body has been dead for months and preserved in formadehyde and the fuzz bears little resemblance to our real living bodies.

  33. Tom says:

    The unbeliever has spoken.

  34. The information about "the Fuzz" is a serious misunderstanding of a very real anatomical feature of muscle. The tissue that Mr. Hedley scraped with his finger, referred to as "fuzz", is actually a type of fascia (intramuscular fascia) that is a normal feature of the anatomy of skeletal tissue. This fascia that is between the muscles is necessary to help efficiently transfer the muscular forces from the muscle cells to tendons. Without it, human motion would be significantly less malleable. Furthermore, there are circumstances that lead to the thickening of the intramuscular fascia; however, this does not lead to a decrease in range of motion.

    Sleeping does not make the intramuscular fascia develop or get thicker. The intramuscular fascia is always there. It varies in thickness and architecture throughout the body. There is no evidence to support the idea that motion "melts the fuzz" or decreases the presence of intramuscular fascia – none. There are at least 3 components of the human body that must be considered to determine the cause of joint stiffness: 1) the joint structure, 2) the biochemical environment of the tissue, and 3) the tension in the muscle and connective tissues which is determined by the nervous system. The importance of these components have been validated in numerous in vivo and in vitro studies. The neuroscience, muscle physiology, arthrokinematic, and clinical evidence reveals that negotiating with the nervous system yields the greatest changes in the quality and amount of motion of the body.

    Even if intramuscular fascia did thicken due to a lack of motion (actually, the opposite can be true), how many people do you know who don't move at all in their sleep?

    • Once again Jacques, your level of understanding on a topic where a lot of us lack the knowledge to truly understand the fuzz at a neuroscience level is far superior to all of us (including Gil Hedley). Great reply.

    • Jenn says:

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I am in the movement profession- Pilates- and people be it "professionals" or general public see this kind of interpretation of information and then think they are experts in their or others' bodies. This is nothing short of "gossip." And it's harmful because then they develop beliefs as a result. I looked through all the responses hoping to see a response like yours…I'd hate to think that as a result of sleep- a healthy restorative act I was doing just the opposite.

  35. Scientific validity are sometimes a quite overrated parameter when it comes to convincing people of the many advantages from moving your body in a great variety of ways the first thing in the morning. Even if the “Fuzz” thing is a mental construct, the explanation in the video grants a lot of people a different and changing view on their body needs. Many people views their bones as hard white objects that breaks like hard plastic, even the very structure of fascia and its many functions are unknown territory to many learned teachers. And every one who has done the practice knows how stiff the body are in the morning and that morning exercises are more demanding and efficient than training in the evening. This video provides visuals and a very persuading audio, and it will benefit a lot of people in regard of changing their understanding and motivation, maybe even enabling them to actually do their morning exercises, in a positive and rewarding way. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Miss Equalibrium says:

    Thanks for the Fuzz speech. Enlightening!

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  43. Fuzz skeptic says:

    This is exactly the point. His PHD is in Theological and philosophical ethics and is trained as a Rolfer.. So I looked up his school he went to in NYC. It has no website and the FB page has 150 followers? IM School of Healing Arts… He seems to make great money off his videos and seminars but where did he learn his info? Theory and pseudoscience? Why are we not learning this with real proven data and technical terms? Or from a PT, any medical person? Because he wants your money perhaps?

  44. Katydid says:

    Interesting video and concept. I'm not sure of the connection between what he sees in a corpse and what is present in a living body. This viewpoint comes from Dr. Stephen Levin:

    In Guimberteau’s video, ‘Strolling Under The Skin’, what you see there is that the ‘fuzzy’ stuff is really dynamic tissue that is under constant change. Tissues don’t ‘slide’, there is no shear, they reconfigure with each movement. The dynamics of a cell ceases with death. Ca++ [calcium ions] flood into the cell and it stiffens — that’s rigor mortis. It starts within minutes of death, as soon as the circulating ATP [energy molecule] runs out. The ‘fuzz’ is connective tissue that is stiffened during rigor mortis, and it doesn’t happen unless you die. It occurs within minutes of death, and you can almost watch it happen. It is like snot hardening. The mucus booger that comes out of your nose quickly hardens and becomes quite stiff; at death, the mucus that connects all our tissues, does the same.

    Is Gil also a medical doctor? I'm curious as to how he became involved in the study of fascia using dissected cadavers.

  45. Checkit says:

    This great – it is time for a fuzz free lifestyle

  46. Tobye Hillier yogi tobye says:

    well he had no hair did he!

  47. Pamela says:

    Thanks x

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