Injuries happen. Sometimes it is from some kind of trauma, sometimes from chronic overuse. Pretty much everyone eventually ends up with some kind of bodily complaint that restricts their training. It sucks, but it is also an opportunity. Think of an injury as your body’s way of communicating, in no uncertain terms, where you need to focus your attention. Often our bodies break in the areas where we are weak or imbalanced. If you have tight, hunched shoulders you may get a shoulder impingement. If you have weak abs you could get
Got Middle Split Blues? Do middle splits make you feel like you want to puke and die? You are not alone! So many people struggle with this very intense, emotional stretch. The problem comes from tight, stressed out inner thighs and hip flexors. They don’t understand why you would do such a scary stretch so they will fight you like crazy and scream bloody murder until you stop. When your muscles are fighting you like this, it makes you feel like your legs might pop off and you want to puke
We just finished up another action-packed Q&A on back flexibility for the Worldwide Splitters' Network January Backbend Challenge. This one is jam packed with juicy tidbits on alignment, control, and how to backbend safely in various common poses.
You will learn to abandon, modify, or correct stretches that aren’t right for your body and find a deep joy in the stretches that are, even when they “hurt.” Listening to your body ensures that you are doing stretches that are good for you and helps you to enjoy your flexibility training instead of just suffering through it! One of the primary objections to a regular stretching practice is that stretching hurts. While there is no magic to prevent all challenging sensations from occurring during your stretches, it is important to distinguish