Myofascial Release Workshop

Calling all seekers of physical freedom! Join us for a transformative Myofascial Release workshop led by the experienced Madeline Miskie Jager. Whether you’re an Ashtanga practitioner looking to enhance your practice or simply someone eager to explore the benefits of myofascial release, this workshop is your gateway to a more supple, balanced, and vibrant body.

What is Self-Myofascial Release (SMR)?

SMR is a practice in which we use a tool (such as a tennis ball), gravity and our breath / awareness to exert pressure on muscle tissues in various areas of the body. One major goal of SMR is to release excess tension we may be carrying.

Have you ever had a massage and noticed how incredibly relaxed your throat felt afterwards? Although SMR is not a long-term substitute for body work or massage, SMR tools can help you feel relaxed and grounded on a daily basis & while you’re on the go: at the office, before a rehearsal, audition, performance or practice session.

🌟 Workshop Highlights:

  • Learn the art of myofascial release and its profound impact on mobility and overall well-being.
  • Discover how myofascial release complements your Ashtanga practice, enhancing your flexibility and body awareness.
  • Dive into a blend of theory and practical sessions, exploring self-massage techniques and targeted stretches.
  • Release tension, reduce muscle soreness, and cultivate a deeper mind-body connection.
  • Suitable for all levels – no prior experience required!

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the incredible benefits of myofascial release in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just beginning your wellness journey, Madeline will guide you towards greater freedom in both body and spirit.

Common Postural Tendencies & Tension Patterns Addressed with Yoga + SMR

  • Excessively tensing the abdomen / PUSHING (especially in belting / high notes)
  • Disengaged abdomen (lack of awareness)
  • Forward head carriage
  • Shoulder rounding
  • Lordosis / kyphosis
  • Using the head/neck / shoulders to ‘help’ inhalation
  • Heaving / lifting shoulders to ‘help’ inhalation
  • Sucking in the abdomen during inhalation
  • Bracing the glutes while singing
  • Tight tongue & jaw
  • Tight occipitals
  • Tight throat/larynx
  • Tight quads & hamstrings
  • Wrinkling the brow to ‘help’ sing high notes
  • Tight back line of the body
  • Tight front line of the body
  • General lack of physical awareness

About Dr. Madeline:

With over fifteen years of professional teaching experience combined with a rigorous study of the connections between the body, breath and the voice, Madeline offers her students a vast wealth of knowledge. Her teaching style helps students release unnecessary tension, improve posture, build confidence, get out of their head, increase physical awareness, work through negative beliefs surrounding the voice, and so much more. Regardless of a student’s level (she works with a range of amateur, pre-professional, semi-professional and professional students), Madeline is adept at helping singers navigate vocal challenges and guiding them along their journey to free, authentic, expressive singing.

Madeline is the owner of Windsong Studio, her private voice studio based in Columbia, MD, a seven-year member and former Vice President of the Maryland / DC Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and a former member of the musical theater voice faculty at Catholic University . She is a proud alumna of the Eastman School of Music (B.M.) and the University of Maryland (M.M., D.M.A.).

Madeline began practicing yoga while in the midst of her graduate studies in vocal performance. At first, the practice was lifeline for managing the stresses and pressures of academia, but as time passed and her practice expanded, yoga became a valuable tool that gave her the awareness necessary to improve and correct inefficient tension, postural

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Dec 16 2023


11:30 am - 1:30 pm


The Yoga Club
1418 14th ST NW
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