The video every yogi needs to see!

Via Tobye Hillier
on Mar 28, 2011
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When we do yoga, this is what happens:



Bonus, vital:


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.


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

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. […] tissue limits range of motion which results in the build up of gas. Watch The video every yogi needs to see to learn about a similar process that occurs in […]

  5. […] Fascia is very densely woven connective tissue that covers and connects every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of the internal organs. The fascial system is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption. Hence, you see that each part of the body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater. Since the fascia surrounds and attaches all theses structures it creates a strong supportive function much like the wires of the tent that hold the tent poles or the bones in place. […]

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  7. 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.

  8. Miss Equalibrium says:

    Thanks for the Fuzz speech. Enlightening!

  9. Hey there, just meandered by. Fascinating stuff. Later.

  10. 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.

  11. yogi tobye says:

    Well put Lars.

  12. 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.

  13. Oh God I thought that was Diana…in the 80s!I believeved the Royal obsession was over, The Queen, The King’s speech, the Madonna’s mess, and now Diana?Btw mum is going to be happy,she is a Dianalooney .Report this comment as spam or abuse

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  15. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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?

  18. 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.

  19. Checkit says:

    This great – it is time for a fuzz free lifestyle

  20. Narayan says:

    Convincing people to be active is one thing, convincing them with something that may be misinformation is another. I’d rather have the hard science myself.

  21. 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.

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