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Too many muscles spoil the stretch

“Too many cooks spoil the broth

Similarly, Too many muscles spoil the stretch”

When we are in Veerabhadra asana, the instructor often tells us to balance on both the legs and feel the stretch in the calves and quads. But, more often than not, we are busy adjusting the thighs and engaging the core. Thus, isolation is lost and when too many muscles are used, the effectiveness of the stretch is reduced.

The asanas work the best, when….

  • Be mindful about the set of muscles being stretched and keep the other muscles relaxed. Focus on one set of muscles at a time.
  • Dont hold your breath during a stretch, as this will tense your muscles. Instead, you need to relax by exhaling longer than inhaling.
  • Hold each asana for 30 seconds. Let the muscle lengthen slowly—don’t force it. Do repetitions of the asana everyday as this strengthens and lengthens the muscles.
  • Did you know, injuries occur more often when you are coming out of an asana. Thus, avoid bouncing back after staying in an asana.
  • Learn to relax the set of muscles that are not being used.
  • Asanas are most effective when the mind, body and breath work in unison.
  • “Sthira Sukha Asana,” in every asana, it is important to be comfortable and stable and let the magic begin. 🙂

Long term improvements of the body include a happier spirit, toned muscles, better digestion, and a deeper love for your body. Yoga is an ideal practice for that looking to better their bodies and lives, and no one is happier to teach you the techniques than your local yoga instructor or fellow yogi.

Iti Jain

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ItI jain

Yogi. Blogger. Storyteller After, a decade of being a fitness enthusiast and various trial and errors with corporate jobs and teaching (post a PG degree in Management).


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