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Myofascial Release Techniques to Prepare for Meditation

By Diane Malaspina for Yoga Medicine®.

We often use myofascial release techniques to hydrate the tissues, for sore muscles and to promote good health but we can also use myofascial release to prepare for meditation. A common reason why people discontinue meditation practice is due to physical discomfort in the body. In this video, Diane Malaspina shares a short myofascial release sequence that she practices prior to meditation to prepare the body to feel open while sitting in meditation. The sequence includes myofascial release techniques for the neck (using the block) and MFR along the upper traps and paraspinals (2 MFR balls, block). After the practice, you can return to your seat to notice ease in your sitting posture.

Find the original video on Yoga Medicine’s Youtube channel.

About the Author

Diane Malaspina

Diane Malaspina

Diane Malaspina, Ph.D., is a psychologist, yoga teacher, and consultant working in the field of health and wellness since 2001. Diane’s work is split between teaching yoga and her consulting business as a psychologist, where her specialty is implementing evidence-based strategies to reduce stress and foster healthy behaviors. Diane is currently working on a 1000 hour certification with Yoga Medicine while developing therapeutic yoga and meditation programs in her community. She earned 200 hour certifications from Shiva Rea (Prana Vinyasa Flow) and YogaWorks and a 500 hour certification from Yoga Medicine, as well as hundreds of hours of advanced training in meditation, pranayama, and philosophy. Diane is registered as a Yoga Medicine® Therapeutic Specialist. She lives a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach with her husband, Omar and rescue dog, Prana. To learn more about Diane's offerings, visit:

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