Thank you for the article. It's written from Iyangar or Ying Yoga perspective. My teacher used Ballistic & PNF stretching techniques during her classes & courses. No one was injured, more over after a month everyone has improved in flexibility so much! I consider Ballistic & PNF stretches as most effective, but those has to be taught by a professional teacher indeed. Easy and passive types of stretching, unfortunately do not work for my tight, strong muscles.. i guess everyone needs to find their own style of yoga nd type of stretches according to one's body.
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What about eccentric stretching, which strengthens and lengthens a muscle at the same time? Done properly, it can protect the soft tissues and the joints.
Hi, I enjoyed reading the article. Julie said that PNF or dynamic and static movement is not practical for Yoga Asanas and it really is. The style of Yoga I teach developed by Dr Larry Payne of Prime of Life Yoga uses this technique to warm up the muscles and joints to allow a deeper safer stretch. Thanks! Lisa G E-RYT
pnf works very well for breaking through blockages and developing flexibilty. I find that it fits well into yoga practice and also tradition. Why would you discourage its use?
I found this out the hard way! now i suffer with a torn groin tendon but not from yoga, from wushu, where appearance is everything ;)