To the untrained eye yoga can look like “just flexibility”. The more you learn, the less you use joint torque to get into postures and the more you use muscle strength.
Balance strength & flexibility. Controlled range of motion vs flexibility. ♥️ This pose – bhujangasana or cobra pose (in this case, a high cobra) is one of my favorites to use to demonstrate active vs passive flexibility. In the photo on top, I’m using a prop to create a stretch in the front of my body – the front of the hips, belly and chest, as well as a backbend. The prop is my arms. This isn’t a bad thing, as long as I’m engaging my core to protect my low back. This can be a lovely passive stretch when done in a way that’s safe. In the bottom photo, I’m using the strength of my muscles – primarily in the back body – to create nearly the same lift and backbend as in the top photo. In my practice,
I’m always seeking to balance strength with flexibility. Having as close to the same range of controlled or active motion as I do in a passive state. I’ve gained range of motion with control by using mobility drills – movements that strengthen and stabilize the joints. My practice keeps getting stronger and my range of motion continues to improve because of the drills. Do you do mobility drills? If you’re curious about what I do, click the link in my bio for a free 7 minute mobility flow that I put together with @themobilitymanifesto ♥️ If you’re interested in the @themobilitymanifesto Yoga Edition – DM me for more details. ♥️ Photos by @morgan_smile at @urbanyogaspa ♥️ Wearing @aloyoga (sponsor) always. 😊 #mobility #flexibility #balance #yogateacher #alwayslearning #movetoimprove