Yoga Therapy for the Whole Body

Erica Fritch
Instructor Erica Fritch
Average: 3.6 (37 votes)
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This combo class has something for everyone. It is designed to relieve tension and help remove scar tissue in your neck, shoulders, upper back, hands, wrists, forearms, hips and feet! You will likely find spots and movements in your body that you did not realize could use extra attention. These exercises will increase strength and range of motion to bring ease to your day, at work and at home.
Included Short Classes: 1) Yoga Therapy for the Neck and Feet; 2) Yoga Therapy for the Hands, Wrists and Forearms 3) Yoga Therapy for the Shoulders and Upper Back 4) Yoga Therapy for the Hips

Equipment: Block
Style: Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy


Eleanor Heaphy 3 months ago

I just did this class for the first time and was a little confused when it ended at twenty minutes!!?? I fast forwarded to see what else there was, and it seemed to be a repeat of the part I watched!!?? Do I watch it twice??!! Thanks!!

brindmore 3 months ago

good stretches but I found her wavering unsure drawn out voice annoying
sorry - just too hard to listen to

Maralepp 1 year ago

After doing this class, I’m interested in finding a yoga therapist locally. I love this class, as it helped me go deeper into the areas that always feel neglected. Namaste.

Deborah Lilly 4 years ago

Great class, thanks Erica! I enjoy paying attention to the specific areas that are often overlooked, such as stretching the hands and fingers, toes, etc. I was interested to read your comments about scar tissue - I hurt my knee, probably tendon, doing the V day "Break the Chain" dance on the beach (against domestic violence) on Feb 14th, and 5 months later it still hurts. I've been babying it during yoga and feel it does need more gentle stretch even when it hurts. Sadly the link to article by Dr Joshua Akin doesn't work and I can't see the full name of the article on the link - please could you let me know so I could write to Dr Akin and ask for a copy. Many thanks for your thorough work.

Dakota Drummer 5 years ago

This may be a VERY helpful class but...
Do people commonly have scar tissue in these various areas of their bodies? Maybe if they have had injury or surgery, yes.
Can you please link me to some articles or studies that indicate that yoga or any exercise can remove scar tissue? Otherwise, some different wording under the class description would be more helpful and accurate while maintaining credibility.

Erica Fritch 5 years ago

Hi Dakota,
Thanks for your quesion about scar tissue. It's a good one! The name 'scar tissue' is a bit misleading, and most of us have heard of it in relation to a trauma (injury or surjury, like you said). But the same tissue, the same response is taken by the body in response to overuse. Dr Joshua Akin, a chiropractor in Chicago, describes soft tissue 'injuries' as:

"When a muscle, tendon, ligament, or nerve is damaged from overuse or trauma, the body will
attempt to repair the damage with scar tissue. Scar tissue contains the same protein (collagen) as the tissue that it replaces, but instead scar tissue is made up of very tough, fibrous material. This material binds itself to the damaged tissue, resulting in a thick mass of fibrous scar tissue.
When scar tissue forms around an injury site, it is never as strong nor as functional as the tissue it replaces, resulting in compromised flexibility of the tissue. These scar tissue adhesions left untreated perpetuate the cumulative injury cycle. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, nerves can become trapped, and it can most often lead to muscle or joint dysfunction. This can cause
reduced range of motion, loss of strength, pain and muscular inefficiencies. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness."

Read his full article here:

"overuse" could explain most of our movements in contemporary life! Small movements, limited range, limited diversity of movement, are together a recipe for overuse. And it explains why someone working at a keyboard all day long would get scar tissue in their shoulders, hands, even upper back. Similar to how an athelete will get tennis elbow - not a direct injury, but build up from repetitive motion.

I hope that helps! Let me know if you want to discuss more.

SerenaAnn 5 years ago

I'm a professional classical pianist, and this is the FIRST yoga class that has addressed all of my trouble spots: upper back, shoulders, arms, hands, feet... I wish I found this class sooner. It has helped me tremendously. Thank You!

Erica Fritch 5 years ago

Hi SerenaAnn,
So glad to hear that these are working for you! I was working on getting yoga therapy into the music conservatory here, but the timing was not right for it. I'm so glad to hear that you took the time to devote to this part of your lifestyle - it gets so easily overlooked!
Spread the word to your fellow musicians, and keep practicing!

VirginiaR 5 years ago

Hi Erica,

I found the hands, wrists and forearm segment really helped to loosen up those areas. The hip segment with the chair I found awkward so did my own versions of lunges and pigeon poses on the mat instead.

Maybe this is a preference, but I'd recommend reshooting the segments but use the mirrored left-right instructions as I found it hard to watch your set-up in the poses while listening to the left-right instructions that were opposite!

Next time I'm going to try your shorter videos that focus on specific body parts - it's great to have the options to increase mobility and reduce joint stiffness. Thanks!