Yoga and Flexibility
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The practice of yoga can make your body more flexible, giving your muscles and your joints a greater range of motion.
A supple, flexible body is less prone to injuries because it can withstand physical stress.
It is widely known that the words yoga and stretching go hand in hand. Everyone should stretch regularly as part of a general fitness regime. Yoga stretches not only the muscles, but also the joints. Stretching is something that is not done for 5 minutes before another form of exercise.
Yogic stretching is the exercise, stay clear of the token type of stretching that exist out there and do some real stuff!
Yoga also helps to prevent muscle soreness and promotes faster recovery between whatever training sessions you give it. Yogic stretching is like a constant battery charger. It loosens tight muscles, which tend to trap lactic acid, the waste product that accumulates in the muscle cells during other hard training sessions apart from yoga that you may like to partake in.
Lactic acid build up contributes to muscular fatigue, but yogic stretching helps release lactic acid from the muscle cells into the bloodstream so that it does not hinder muscular contraction.
Increasing flexibility is very important, yoga has positions that act upon the whole body including those joints that are never really on the ‘radar screen’ let alone exercised.
A body which may have been quite rigid at the beginning of learning yoga will start to experience a remarkable flexibility in all parts, even those parts which have not been consciously worked upon. Correct Yogic stretching develops the entire body.
When the entire body is trained together, it develops a sense of harmony and balance. When opposing muscle groups are trained together, flexibility will come faster as the opposing muscle groups work together not against or without each other.
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