Yoga & Rolfing ~ A Dynamic Duo


For the last 30-some years, yoga and The Rolf Method of Structural Integration also commonly known

as Rolfing have enjoyed a unique and vibrant relationship; teachers and practitioners from one

discipline immersing themselves in the other, in order to magnify and deepen their bodily transformation.

This is because the two combined. create a synergy that is far greater than the sum of its parts.

Together, Rolfing and yoga create a dance of rich somatic opening; sharing the same fundamental

principles and goals, only their methods differ.


Both yoga and Rolfing emphasize structural alignment and whole-body integration. Both involve

balancing the joints in the body, creating space in the joints (rather than compression), and

differentiating the various bodily segments. In general terms, yoga and Rolfing are both about

freeing up, opening up and lengthening the body. Both disciplines result in expanded range

of motion, increased circulation and energy flow, more grace and fluidity of motion, and a body

that’s more resilient to injury.gravity-sidebar-quote


Yoga actually had an early influence in the birth of Structural Integration. Dr. Ida P Rolf, the PhD.

biochemist who researched and formulated the Rolf Method, studied yoga and drew upon its

principles along with those of osteopathy, homeopathy, and the Alexander Technique. Dr. Rolf

believed yoga was the best exercise system ever devised if done with the right teacher. She also

believed that hands-on manipulation was needed to fully free the structure and to achieve ultimate

length and separation in the joints.


In yoga, you move through precise postures with full consciousness and Intent. In Rolfing, too

practitioner’s hands directly release restrictions and unbind myofascial tissues in your body.

white you participate with full consciousness and intent. Rolfing can lengthen, release and reorganize

tissues with a specificity that even years of yoga cannot approximate. And yoga delivers many

benefits that no bodywork system could ever accomplish.


Yogis have long been noticing the effects of Structural Integration as they find they are able to reach

The human crystal ~ crystalline energy electromagnetic fieldnew depths and levels of ease both in mind and body. At the same time yoga is one of the best ways

to support and maintain the benefits of SI. Rolfing, like yoga, simply brings you more and more deeply

into the experience of resonant embodiment. Coming to live more fully in the body allows a silent

but dynamic stillness of mind and a relaxing out into life. The combination of the two is a rich

opportunity to broaden your sense of self thereby allowing the chance to transform limiting patterns

of movement, thinking and behavior.


As a Rolfer, I work mindfully and reverently with the fascia; the connective tissue that wraps every

muscle, organ, nerve, blood vessel and bone in the body and which, like living packing material,

literally gives us our shape. I listen with my hands as I lengthen tissues, soften bodily armor, unwind

patterns, and overall integrate and align the body in gravity. Simply put. the same natural laws that

inform yoga inform my work. as well. Combined the two reinforce each other – a real Dynamic Duo!


About Ali Grabel

Ali Grabel is an Experienced, Compassionate Presence Specializing in Transformation. ~ Advanced Rolf Practitioner ~ She studied for 6 + years on Kauai, Hawaii with Emmett Hutchinson, one of Ida Rolf’s first anointed teachers.

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