Anatomy Trains by Thomas W. Myers
I am loving everything about this book. I've only gotten through a few of the chapters but this is worth talking about. This book is all about fascial lines within the body. I think it's really relevant when we look at yoga and how it affects the body. Often times when I hear people talk about exercise, they seem to have this system of breaking down the body into parts, for example, leg day, arm day, chest day and they proceed to work out each different major muscle group on a different day. The concept of allowing muscles to rest in between workouts is great because the body needs time to heal, BUT, what about all that is in between? Think of all the muscles in the body. How do they attach to each other and work together? The body works together, not as separate pieces. When I want to lift a glass to my mouth for a drink, it's not just a bicep that brings it there. There are muscles and tendons and connections from the brain, through the neck and shoulder, through the core of the body and through to the finger tips that all have to work in conjunction with each other to get that glass to my mouth so I can drink.
This book is all about the fascial lines within the body. I said that already but I am saying it again. Why? Because fascia is the layer just under the skin, between skin and muscles that acts as that connection throughout the body. We rely on fascia to help coordinate and support movement as a whole, not just movement of one muscle. This concept of how fascial lines in the body connect and support movement is amazing. The book goes through all the major fascial lines in the body and describes each one. There are lots of pictures to help you see how a blockage in one area might offset another area. It is important that we learn to understand how the body works as a whole and how to work on problems that we experience in the body as a whole in order to keep the whole body running well.
I have not finished reading the book so I need more time to read and learn from it, but I encourage you to start small by thinking of the body as a whole and not just several parts that move independently. When we do that, we will see a much bigger picture of our body and have a much greater understanding of how it works and why it works.