"This is a great course and worth every penny!" — RR

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

Join Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT, in this online course as she explains fascia and guides you through each region of the body, detailing several self-myofascial release techniques and a complementing yoga sequence for each region.

  • Learn to fix trouble spots and target the overall nervous system

  • Restore connective tissue health and hydration

  • Improve nutrient dispersal throughout the body

  • Help your clients and students achieve optimal whole-body health

Available Curriculum Credits


Welcome to Fascia Release for Yoga!

What you'll learn:

  • Learn to 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 classe or session, and/or how to use them to complement your own practice
  • Feel a difference in your asana practice after fascial release and experience improved proprioception (awareness of where your body is in space)

Each week you'll get: 

  • 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

What’s included:

  • Access your courses with a computer, tablet or smartphone.
  • Take your courses when you want, where you want. Your access never expires.
  • Videos, quizzes and interactive content designed for a proven learning experience.

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.

Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT 500

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

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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.
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).
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.