Yoga practice increases your body’s flexibility and strength
Often when we’re working out, we’re going so fast or so hard that we are completely out of sync with our bodies.
Stretching gives you an opportunity to continue to move and work with your body while slowing down enough to really feel what’s going on. Don’t underestimate the importance of this mind/body connection to your overall health and well-being.
Regular yoga practice increases your body’s flexibility and strength while also working toward inner peace and the calming of the mind.
Though there are many styles of yoga, each one inherently makes the body stronger and more flexible by working from the inside out.
Through a mindful practice, where you connect your body’s movement to your breath, you tell your body to go as deep into a pose as you are physically capable.
You challenge your body to go deeper into the poses, pulling the muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues, creating a system of muscle memory.
The muscle memory created by a regular yoga practice tells your body that you’ve been in a certain position before and that you can go further into that position.
Yoga allows your body to move through every range of motion, and though it may be sometimes uncomfortable to remain in a pose, stretching the muscles and joints allows you to move deeper into the pose.
Despite these benefits, it’s important to remember not to overdo your stretching. Overstretching can raise the risk of strains, sprains, and dislocations.
Listen to your body, move slowly, and breathe.
A quick overextended stretch is more likely to result in injury.
A gentle longer stretch (hold for at least 30 seconds) after your workout (when your body is warm) is likely to enhance your flexibility in a healthy gradual way.