The practice of Yoga has without a doubt been one the biggest trends to spread across America. Its effects on the brain have been scientifically proven but when it comes to the postures, what are we really doing here? What is the goal we are trying to accomplish?
Let me start by saying that I finished an intensive 500 hours of yoga teacher training last year. A close friend brought me to my first yoga class in 2014. I turned to yoga to balance my high intensity life. I was a full-time student, drinking, my weight in coffee, overtraining and overstretching. I made the unanticipated discovery that yoga seemed to be making my injuries worse and made me more susceptible to injury.
On top of that, I had been doing CrossFit for 4 years. I would work out 5-6 days a week with little to no knowledge about how to recover. Many of us think of “mobilizing” as stretching, warming up for the next workout, aimlessly rolling out/taking a nap on a foam roller, or smashing tissues with a lacrosse ball or a barbell.
Dr. Spina said it best when he said, “It’s not that yoga’s not great, but it’s not specific enough.” Holding warrior two for five minutes isn’t going to bring us more or stronger shoulder internal rotation. Holding a passive butterfly stretch won’t give us stronger hips. Passive stretching will not increase active ranges. However, it can increase susceptibility to injury.
So, what gives? How can we train for flexibility and strength? Kinstretch uses practices of intention, focus, and breath and applies it to a more controlled setting. It bridges the gap between our passive and active ranges of motion, thereby empowering us to have more control over our bodies. The more control we have, the more degrees of freedom we have, and the better we adapt to changing variables.
By: Bridget Keely