What Is Yamuna Body Rolling?

Yamuna Body Rolling

Thanks to Yamuna Body Rolling for the image.

Back in the 2000s, I was introduced to Yamuna Body Rolling at a Pilates Style Magazine convention. They offered tons of classes in Pilates and Pilates-esque exercises. One of the classes I took was on Yamuna Body Rolling.

Unfortunately, because it was so long ago, I don’t remember the specifics of what I thought about the class. However, I do know that I liked it well enough to buy two Yamuna balls and a pump. I’d wager to say that I’ve only used them a handful of times, and I’ve long since forgotten what the heck to do with them.

Recently, I got an email informing me that an instructor was coming to a studio near me to teach both studio classes and continuing education classes. I really wanted to go but didn’t get to. Instead, I decided to do the best I could to educate myself and share the information with you. Here’s what I’ve learned about Yamuna Body Rolling.

What Is Yamuna Body Rolling?

The History

In 1979, Yamuna Zake created a total bodywork system generally called Yamuna. After that, she created Yamuna Body Rolling. Since then, she has also created Yamuna Body Logic, Yamuna Foot Fitness, and Yamuna Face Ball. Of her creations, Yamuna Body Rolling is the most popular.

The Purpose

The purpose of Yamuna Body Rolling is to use specialized balls in a combination of self-massage and exercise. These specialized balls are different sizes and densities. This allows you to choose the amount of pressure that you want to apply to the area being massaged.

The idea is that you roll and rest on this ball while you breathe. This allows tight muscles to relax and neutral posture to return to your body.

The Practice

If you work with a foam roller or have used The Orb, you probably already have a couple ideas about things that might happen in a Yamuna Body Rolling Class. Sure, I bet they’ll work on your hamstrings and your quadriceps. However, you might not expect the intestinal massage that you’ll probably receive.

Part of the reason the balls are different sizes and densities is because you will need different sized balls to massage the different areas of your body. For example, your calves need a smaller ball than your hamstrings. I won’t even venture to say what sized ball you need to roll your intestines. I guess I’ll just have to go to a class to find out.

Here’s a video of the IT band release at a Yamuna Rolling retreat.

Find Yamuna Body Rolling Near You

Yamuna Body Rolling is becoming increasingly popular, so you might be able to find a practitioner near you. The best way to be sure you’re taking class from a certified practitioner (and you should only take classes from someone who has fully completed, tested, and passed the YBR certification) is to visit the Yamuna Body Rolling website. This link will let you select your location, and it will let you know if there are practitioners there.

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About Sarah Stockett

Hi, I'm Sarah! I'm a certified Pilates and yoga instructor with a passion for pain relief. I believe you can use simple exercises to relieve your aches + pains. AND, I believe I can teach you how.