Is your jawbone connected to your hip bone?

I’m very grateful for my Advanced Functional Yoga Therapy Training (even though it was 5 days on zoom). Get ready for some new ideas and assessments.

Is your jawbone connected to your hip bone?

Do you remember a song similar to your jawbone is connected to your hip bone? (Maybe you are too young to know the song!)

Guess what? Everything in our mind/body is connected in some way or another.

Myofascial tissue is a web type connective tissue that surrounds your whole body protecting and supporting your structure, movement, and flexibility. The tissue is pliable and can expand and contract according to the needs of your movements.

Kinetic chains connect parts of the body to other parts of the body. These parts or groups refer to related joints, muscles, and nerves. In order to move one part of the body other parts must engage.

When stress goes up – breath depth, digestive function, reproductive function, immunity, bone formation, bladder/bowel control go down. When stress goes up – heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, adrenaline, cortisol, breath rate, pupil dilation, and more go up.

The toe bone’s connected to the foot bone,
The foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone,
The ankle bone’s connected to the leg bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

The hip bone’s connected to the back bone
The back bone’s connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone’s connected to the head bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

The finger bone’s connected to the hand bone,
The hand bone’s connected to the arm bone,
The arm bone’s connected to the shoulder bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

Try this:

Practice relaxing your jaw to help level out your eyes, ears, shoulders, and hips! Whenever you notice your jaw is tight, clenched, gripping, grinding – let it go. Relax. You can massage your TMJ – the joint where your temporal bone connects to your mandible. Let your mandible drop and move forward. Use your fingers to massage or roll a soft ball up and down your jaw in the area in front of your ear. Unclench your teeth and relax your tongue. Working with relaxing your jaw has positive effects all the way down your body including your posture and your mood.

The idea of connection with the jaw is – descending – imbalances start from the jaw and move down into the body and – ascending – problems with the jaw start in the body and move up to the jaw.

Either way, whenever you realize that you are tight through your jaw, let it go. Relax.

You are amazing. You are enough!

~ Nancy

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