What is Body Rolling?


Yamuna® Body Rolling is a revolutionary fitness technique that uses six to ten inch inflatable balls to strengthen, tone, realign the body, and release energy blockages, while providing sensations that can surpass the bliss of a massage. You position your body on the ball, lying or sitting, and roll the ball in the direction that the muscle you are working with is going, from it’s origin to it’s insertion.


Like yoga and pilates, yamuna® body rolling will condition and lengthen your muscles, improve core strength, and enhance posture, flexibility, and balance. But unlike those practices, body rolling also realigns your spine and joints, relieving pain and muscle tension and providing a workout, a massage, and a chiropractic session all at once. (“The Ultimate Body Rolling Workout – Yamuna Zake and Stephanie Golden”)


I was introduced to body rolling by Sandra Sammartino when I was doing her yoga teacher training from 1999 – 2002. She had been studying with the founder of body rolling, Yamuna Zake in New York. I also became a certified teacher by Yamuna.




Yoga with Deedee


I took my first Yoga Teacher training in the seventies from Swami Vishnu Divananda. He was part of the Sivananada group. My sister Colleen started the Vancouver Yoga Center and I taught there with her for a few years.


I explored other avenues of spiritual practice and came back to teaching yoga in the nineties. My second yoga teacher training was from 1999 – 2002 with Sandra Sammartino. 


In 2004 I started to study Tibetan Heart Yoga. It belongs to the Gelukpa tradition of the Dalai Lamas of Tibet. It is a very powerful combination of yoga and Tibetan Buddhist meditation. 


My West Vancouver classes are a combination of body rolling, and yoga. It is a fairly gentle hatha yoga that combines some of the ideas from Tibetan Heart Yoga. 




Also in 2002 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a total of 6 surgeries. The major surgery was a mastectomy and reconstruction. This is when I really learned about body rolling. In surgery your body contracts towards the surgery site. I had been doing yoga and body rolling before the surgery.


My body craved body rolling after the surgery and I rolled out my pectoral muscles regularly starting 4 days after the surgery. (Not directly in the surgery site but around it)


I was successfully teaching yoga again in a month and pretty much had full range of movement back in my left arm circling my arm backwards. Body rolling is an excellent warm up for yoga. It also is a strong way to connect to the subtle body (or energy body). In my classes in West Vancouver I combine body rolling and yoga in the regular classes.