Fascia Release for Yoga with Ariele Foster

Get Trained in Fascial Release Techniques! Earn up to 10 CECs

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Fascia is your body’s three-dimensional connective tissue matrix. It encases and weaves through muscles, organs, and bone to bind all your distinct parts together as one. If an area of your body becomes stiff or develops adhesions or scar tissue, this can create a pull on the fabric of the myofascial network, affecting the entire chain.

Join Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT, founder of YogaAnatomyAcademy.com, in a 6-week course on how to use self-myofascial release techniques with props like foam rollers and balls (as well as DIY props) to support your yoga practice, fix trouble spots, and target your overall nervous system for optimal whole-body health. She’ll help you stay up on the latest research related to fascia and teach you the dos and don’ts of myofascial release techniques so you stay safe as you restore your connective tissue health, improve your somatic map (sense of your body), and discover new ease in your asana practice.

In this unique course, Ariele breaks down each lesson to a specific section of the body. Each lesson includes:

  • An anatomy lesson on the fascial region you’ll be targeting
  • An asana sequence to practice before and after fascial release
  • A fascial release routine
  • Tips to help you move through your asana practice with improved body awareness

Available Course Credits

AASFP 1.00
ACSM 10.00
AFPA 10.00
CHEK 10.00
FAI 10.00
IFPA 10.00
ISSA 10.00
NAFC 1.00
NCCPT 10.00
NCSF 5.00
NESTA 1.00
NETA 10.00
NFPT 1.75
NSPA 10.00
PAI 10.00
REPs UAE 10.00
W.I.T.S. 10.00
Yoga Alliance 20.00

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and address fascial stiffening, adhesions and deep scars that can restrict movement or cause pain
  • Understand how to use tools like rollers or balls to directly target fascia while avoiding pressure on bones or tendons
  • Safely practice a variety of compression holds, rolling, shearing, and oscillation or micro-movements
  • Understand the best ways to incorporate fascial release techniques into a yoga or fitness class and/or how to use them to complement a yoga or fitness practice
  • Feel a difference in their asana practice after fascial release and experience improved proprioception (awareness of their body in space)

Course Procedure

  1. Enroll in the course.
  2. View the course content.
  3. Take the test. (You must score 80% to pass. If you do not pass, you may retake the test.)
  4. Print your certificate of completion.

Course Content

Feet, Calves, Shins
Thighs, Hips, Glutes
Abdomen + Torso
Shoulders, Arms, Hands
Neck, Face, Novel Movements

Ariel Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT 500

Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT 500, is a doctor of physical therapy, yoga teacher since 2001, anatomy teacher for yoga teacher trainings, and founder of YogaAnatomyAcademy.com. She has a passion for creative, strength-based yoga instruction and for making yoga anatomy accessible. Through YogaAnatomyAcademy.com Ariele runs the Online Yoga Anatomy Mentorship for yoga teachers and dedicated students of yoga. The Mentorship examines how asana can better align with individual anatomy, best evidence, and real-world function.

Ariele’s physical therapy practice focuses on treating the whole person. She uses hands-on manual therapy techniques along with precise, targeted strength training, myofascial release, and neuromuscular re-integration to achieve optimal recovery for patients. Her interdisciplinary yoga teaching, workshops, and retreats are grounded in both the compassionate approach of Kripalu Yoga and her deep understanding of neuro-musculoskeletal well-being from working with thousands of patients. Ariele has completed yoga teacher trainings in Kripalu, Anusara, Therapeutics, Hatha Yoga, and multiple alignment-based vinyasa styles. She lives in Washington, D.C.


Week 1: Overview on fascia

  • Learn what fascia is, and what it isn’t
  • Learn about the three types of fascia (superficial, visceral, and deep fascia) and the latest science
  • Checklist of tools you’ll need
  • Breakdown of techniques for self-myofascial release

Week 2: Feet, calves, shins

  • Learn key anatomy of your lower leg
  • Target three points in the arch of your foot
  • Release myofascia that can contribute to bunions
  • Release restrictions in your inner, middle, and outer calves
  • Understand how to address your shins, including advice for shin splints

Week 3: Thighs, hips, glutes

  • Learn basic anatomy of your upper legs and hips
  • Target the divisions between your hamstrings
  • Release your gluteals and hip internal and external rotators
  • Unwind your quads
  • Improve the mobility of your adductors (inner thighs)
  • Target the tensor fascia latae (and therefore your IT band) of your lateral thigh

Week 4: Abdomen + torso

  • Understand the basic anatomy of your torso and spine
  • Know the safe way to perform diaphragm release
  • Improve the slide and glide of the thoracolumbar fascia
  • Target your rectus abdominus, obliques, and quadratus lumborum (QL)
  • Improve the mobility of your abdominal organs, which slide and glide when healthy

Week 5: Shoulders, arms, hands

  • Learn the fundamental anatomy of your upper extremities
  • Improve the health of your rotator cuff
  • Target your triceps and pecs
  • Release your scapular border attachments to improve twists and shoulder mobility

Week 6: Neck, face, novel movements

  • Understand the foundational myofascial anatomy of your neck, head, and jaw
  • Release along your cervical spine
  • Release along the border of your clavicle
  • Unwind tension in and around your jaw, and lateral and anterior neck
  • Learn about movement variables and the impact different types of movement have on your sensory receptors
  • Practice novel movements like bounce moves, holds, and melting techniques for your asana practice

Video Tips From Ariel

Tip 1: Fascia Release for the Neck

Tip 2: Fascia Release for the Lats

Tip 3: Fascia Release for the Wrists

Tip 4: Fascia Release for the Calves

Tip 5: Fascia Release for the Foot

Tip 6: Simple Techniques to Teach


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This a great class and worth every penny! - RR

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Fantastic, so much information to practice and teach yoga. Also, to live a healthy life of Movement.- JM

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Loved everything about the class! I am using the techniques for myself and with the yoga students that I teach. I hope there will be more classes with Dr. Foster. - JW

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This course was on point! Loved the format and Ariele. Please continue teaching us more about the fascia and how to relieve chronic tightness and pain in the body. - JB


Q: Is this course approved for CECs/CEUs?
A: Yes, Fascia Release for Yoga is approved for up to 10 hours of continuing education credits with over 25 agencies. See the "course overview" tab for the specific agencies and credits.

Q: When does the course begin?
A: This course is available "on demand" so you can access the course in your account immediately after purchase./p>

Q: How much time should I set aside each week for this course?
A: It should take approximately 1-3 hours a week (depending on how diligent you are with the homework)./p>

Q: What if I cannot keep up with the weekly coursework?
A: No problem! In all our courses, you work at your own pace, so feel free to experience this on a timeline that works best for you. The material is yours to keep so it will not expire./p>

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