Yoga For Flexibility, Mobility And Movement
A lot of people start Yoga because they have developed general joint or muscle stiffness – in their hips, shoulders or perhaps maybe suffer from chronic or niggling back pain. Especially common with men is tightness in the knees and hamstrings from constantly exercising without stretching before or afterwards.
Regular yoga practise helps to increase range of movement, reducing aches and pains in the joints.
Many people cannot touch their toes during their first yoga class but gradually they begin to use the correct muscles. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen and loosen, increasing elasticity, making more poses possible. Yoga also helps to improve body alignment resulting in better posture, helping to relieve back, neck, joint and muscle problems.
Back and shoulder pain and tight hips are common complaints which bring people to practise yoga.
Stretching and increasing flexibility in the spine is a key part of most forms of yoga and a number of larger-scale studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in treating chronic back pain.
Most shoulder problems are the result of inflammation of tendons, torn tendons or an impingement, when the top of the shoulder blade puts pressure on underlying tissues. Various postures help to strengthen upper arms and relieve stiffness in the shoulders.
Sitting for long periods of time can cause the muscles in the hips to shorten and become tight, leading to poor posture and back pain and reducing the range of motion in your hip joint. Stiffness in other hip muscles can lead to groin strain as well as pelvic imbalances and knee problems.
Various postures can help to open hips, tone outer thighs, strengthen the legs, improve posture, align the pelvis and release any tension in the spine.
The videos under Tension Release and Flexibility will help with the above complaints.