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Contracting Muscles While Stretching

BayAreaGuy2010-07-05 05:02:29 +0000 #1
Hey everyone, somewhat new student to Yoga and new to this forum.

Anyways, I read in a book (can't remember the name) that if you contract your muscles while stretching (gently apply force the other direction), it will increase your flexibility at a much faster rate.

Are any of you familiar with this? I've been doing this lately and it seems to be working pretty well.

thanks
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 05:17:31 +0000 #2
if you are referring to contracting a muscle while lengthening it (eccentric contraction in the eyes of kiniesiologists) you are referring to one of the very fundamental properties of yoga asana. So those practicing asana would be familiar with the concept.

However, the question that is of more significance is "what's the rush?".

Yoga is not about becoming more limber more rapidly (generally speaking, though somemay chose this position). Why would a student potentially forego the rich experiential juice of the doing in favor of the transitory "bliss" of mobility?
BayAreaGuy2010-07-05 05:12:05 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by InnerAthlete



if you are referring to contracting a muscle while lengthening it (eccentric contraction in the eyes of kiniesiologists) you are referring to one of the very fundamental properties of yoga asana. So those practicing asana would be familiar with the concept.

However, the question that is of more significance is "what's the rush?".

Yoga is not about becoming more limber more rapidly (generally speaking, though somemay chose this position). Why would a student potentially forego the rich experiential juice of the doing in favor of the transitory "bliss" of mobility?

Good info

What impact does lengthening the muscles have in terms of strengths and looks? (as veinly asthetic as that sounds)

As far as "what's the rush goes", obviously you know the benifits of flexibility include more energy/blood flow, release of toxins, better mood, and overall better health. Having said that why not increase flexibility as one can? But of course I'm taking things one step at a time and not torturing myself.

thanks

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