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Why Stretching May Not Be As Great As You Think

By Yogi Aaron, E-RYT 500, YACEP posted Jun 21, 2022 01:05 PM

  

Over the last few years, the debate to stretch or not to stretch has been a heavy topic of discussion. Many of us have grown up with the belief that stretching before and after a workout is a great way to prepare the body to move and then recover after we sweat. However, what if I were to tell you that stretching may not be as great as you think

Think about it. When you stretch a muscle, it is being lengthened and forced out of its natural state. And while muscle cells are being stretched, so is the fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs). If you stretch too much, this fascia loses its ability to recoil and the elasticity of this connective tissue can disintegrate. Therefore, it becomes less functional overall. So let’s stop this flexibility madness and focus on how we can really help the body. 

Now, you might be thinking, well then how do I recover after a workout? What should I do to keep my body mobile? Don’t worry, I am here to teach you how to bring mobility back into your muscles without causing any damage


In this article, I will discuss what stretching does to the body, the science behind stretching, and show you alternative ways to keep the body healthy. But if you really want to learn more, check out my webinar, Why is Stretching hurting you? Here, I will introduce you to Applied Yoga Anatomy + Muscle Activation ™ (AYAMA) and how this revolutionary way of practicing yoga can help reduce pain and risk of injury while increasing range of motion, stability, muscle strength, and alignment.

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Aug 12, 2022 09:26 AM

Sunshine Rose,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. 

#1. Please check out my podcast. We just released Episode 5. Three more will be released. I think you will find it very interesting. In Episode 3, we talk about how stretching will inevitably hurt you and cause you more pain. In Episode 6, we unpack we stretching has highjacked the yoga world. 

These are two places you can get it.

Spotify -  https://sptfy.com/Stop-Stretching

Apple - https://apple.co/3NXpNFF


# 2.  In regards to your question about the chakras, absolutely asana is one of the gateways in. But you do not need to stretch.

#3.  Regarding Hot Yoga and Yin - from a neuro-muscular standpoint, you create more instability anytime you stretch. And Hot Yoga is a tool to "loosen" up the body to manipulate it.  And this my friend, is the complete opposite of what we want to do in a yoga practice. We do not want to "manipulate the body into doing what we want.   😊


So, also having read your article, i am curious about your own opinion on yin yoga. I have a feeling i might agree with you on that. I have my doubts about it especially stretching with a cold body
I read the article. It was very informative. But  i don't tend to think of stretching and yoga this way. I think of stretching as the ancient yogis did which is a way to reach the inner body -the nadis and chakras
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So, also having read your article, i am curious about your own opinion on yin yoga. I have a feeling i might agree with you on that. I have my doubts about it especially stretching with a cold body
I read the article. It was very informative. But  i don't tend to think of stretching and yoga this way. I think of stretching as the ancient yogis did which is a way to reach the inner body -the nadis and chakras