Lucas Rockwood, founder of YOGABODY Naturals, demonstrates Ashtanga Yoga-style Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, & D for flexibility of the hamstrings and back of the body. These series of Yoga Poses (asanas) are particularly helpful for spinal heath, circulation, and stamina.
YOGA STRETCHING EXERCISES EXPLAINED…
Stretching exercises for flexibility can be divided into three types: static, dynamic, and passive. The exercises shown would fall under static poses since the yoga postures are held still for an extended period of time. Static yoga poses are particularly good for building strength, balance, and stamina.
MORE BLOOD = IMPROVED STRETCHING FLEXIBILITY
With stretching flexibility exercises, the more blood you draw into the muscles, the more flexible they become. Blood is the fluid of life, lubrication, and nutrition for our connective tissues; so for yoga poses, it’s amazing!
MYOTATIC REFLEX & STRETCHING EXERCISES
When a muscle lengthens beyond a particular end, the myotatic reflex will attempt to shorten it through contraction (you feel stiffness and a sharp pain). The myotatic reflex, at times, can limit your progress in yoga poses—though usually it helps to keep you safe in yoga postures.
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