Flexibility in Yoga: The Role of the Joints

Some people are more flexible than others: the ligaments around their joints are looser and permit a greater range of motion – hyperflexibility is an inherited body type. Joints are the pivots for movements in the body, supported by strong ligaments and according to a study of flexibility, the importance of these different factors are:

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Yoga As Exercise

Yoga has many health benefits, but there is a growing trend of yoga-related physical injuries and many physical therapists view yoga negatively. Unfortunately, these concerns are well justified. A lot of myth surrounds yoga asana practice: many people believe that asanas can somehow heal anything wrong with the body. Claims that regular muscle or joint pain from yoga practice is some kind of ‘opening’ or ‘healing’ should be treated with suspicion. Continue reading

Shoulders and Vinyasa-Yoga Injury

If you practise Ashtanga, or any other form of vinyasa yoga, Chaturanga is repeated many times. This asana strengthens the chest muscles and Latissimus Dorsi considerably, and many teachers tell students that shoulders and elbows must be in a straight line to protect the Rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder. Continue reading