How does flexibility affect yoga Yoga Teacher Training practice in India?
Flexibility, and more precisely the lack of it, is one of the most common motivations for practicing Yoga Teacher Training in India. As we get older, we are aware that bending is becoming more and more difficult. This encourages many to seek salutary methods of stretching the body.
Adults who train some sport or prefer active rest to keep the cardiovascular system in good condition often become interested in maintaining flexibility as a way to avoid or cure body damage. Stiff muscles are a constant challenge in yoga – many students are well aware of even the constant tension of the femoral tendon (back of the thigh) or shoulder muscles.
But some people, although fewer, have the opposite problem! They are too flexible. People who are flexible by nature, which other practitioners are often jealous of, encounter unique challenges and problems in yoga practice. Going too far into positions, they cause structural instability in the body by over-stretching the muscles and ligaments that hold their joints in place.
An incorrectly positioned joint puts pressure on all surrounding tissues, making the body susceptible to damage. An excessively movable joint becomes a weak link in the chain of a skeletal supporting structure, making the entire body structure dangerously loose.
Excessive flexibility can really be a problem …
How to recognize that you are a superman? The obvious clue is the ability to go deep into positions without much difficulty. In addition, overly flexible people often don’t need a warm-up or preparation before stretching. They may physically feel the need to stretch even though they are already stretched and are usually unable to maintain the effects of chiropractic treatments.
If someone fits this description, it is extremely important that they understand the causes – and dangers – of their extraordinary flexibility and take precautions to avoid excessive stretching and injury. Many people starting their adventure with yoga ask themselves the question: can I practice yoga since I am neither flexible nor flexible? The answer is yes!
It can be said that you are simply the perfect candidate. Many people think that you need to be extremely flexible and flexible to start practicing yoga. But just as you don’t use the services of a snowboarding instructor, being able to ski down the slopes, you don’t start yoga classes being able to bow.
Everything comes with time. Thanks to regular and systematic training, the body will gain flexibility being a source of a very pleasant feeling, internal strength and strengthening of the cardiovascular system.
High flexibility is an undoubted advantage if you also have the right muscle strength to support your movements, whether in dance, yoga or athletics. Usually, people with a super flexible constitution have less overall muscle strength, making them more susceptible to injury.The biggest trap for flexible people is that they are confident in their flexibility, which is why they make movements in poses without focus or body awareness.
This is the most common cause of injury, not physical activity in itself. Therefore, all exercises should be performed with attention and concentration. Ideally, if we have someone (teacher) who inhibits us and drives the awareness of each movement, slowly entering and leaving the position.
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Being extremely flexible doesn’t immediately mean being ready to go into advanced positions. Yoga gives us the opportunity to achieve results even when the complete foundations of a given position are performed. Sometimes students have some natural ability to practice yoga, but their mistake is that they try to achieve goals too quickly.
Contrary to popular belief, these people face problems and difficulties. They result from excessive stretching of the muscles and ligaments that hold the joints in place. Entering the position too deeply and carelessly causes pressure on the surrounding tissue, which can lead to injury.
An excessively relaxed joint can shake the entire body structure. Too elasticity (uncontrolled and not supported by muscle strength) can cause damage,
Anatomy of flexibility
What makes some people more flexible than others? There are several systems that make up the body’s ability to stretch: JOINTS, LAWS, MUSCLES and TENDON. A joint is defined as the place where the bone contacts the bone.
Each joint has a feature called “Range of motion”, which is a measurable degree of freedom of bending, stretching and rotation (some joints, such as the skull joints, are almost stationary because they are held firmly by connective tissue). For normal movement to occur, the joint must be healthy, with cartilage cushioning as intact as possible.
What distinguishes flexible people by nature from stiffer ones are not the joints themselves, but the ligaments that hold them. The ligaments are strong, or non-vascular (lacking blood supply) connective tissues that bind bones to bones.
Although people born with the natural softness of these tissues often stretch easily, they often suffer from a variety of chronic ailments in or around the joints, because the ligaments that hold these joints allow too much displacement within them. This excessive movement strains both the ligaments themselves and the surrounding tissue causing malaise and pain.
The degree of loosening of the ligaments depends on age (the younger the body, the looser the ligaments), genetics, and especially gender. Female hormonal balance makes ligaments looser. Usually estrogens promote greater loosening of the ligaments, and it often intensifies when the level of estrogens increases compared to other hormones.
Many women experience greater lability in the joints just during the week before menstruation, during menstruation, pregnancy and lactation. In advanced pregnancy, even walking can be painful due to loosening of the pubic symphysis (a joint in which the left and right arms of the pelvis come together and form what is usually called the pubic bone).
Women with a tendency to relax must be careful not to stretch too much, especially immediately before the period, during pregnancy, after delivery during the period of feeding.
How do muscles and tendons affect flexibility?
In addition to joints and ligaments, two other systems affect muscles: tendons and tendons. Each skeletal muscle has a tendon that attaches it to the bone at both ends. Muscle tissue itself is reddish because of the many blood vessels needed for muscle work.
But where the muscle weakens and approaches the bone, it becomes whiter and begins to resemble its cousin, ligament – this part of the muscular system is called the tendon. Like the ligaments, the tendons are built of connective tissue devoid of blood vessels, which varies greatly in its flexibility from person to person.
Like the tendons and ligaments, the muscles can be stretched passively and, for example, in long-term forward bending the femoral tendons in the back of the thigh are passively stretched. But muscles have a completely different structure than tendons and ligaments. Skeletal muscles contain contractile elements called ‘sliding fibers’ that allow them to contract and relax.
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Ligaments and tendons, although they can be stretched passively like muscles, cannot be shortened back because they do not have contractile elements. The “resting length” of a muscle is its length when it is not contracted. Consistent stretching increases the resting length of the muscle. And vice versa: repeated strengthening movements, such as weightlifting or running, shorten the resting length of tense muscles.
Most of us have noticed how stiff we become when we leave yoga for several days because of illness, family responsibilities or traveling. The movements, which were pleasant a few days ago, suddenly seem very difficult because the muscles have returned to a shorter resting length.
Therefore, let’s practice yoga within our scope, slowly, carefully and according to our possibilities.