overstretching

Your Breath Is Not a Safety Detector

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | June 14th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: body, breath, breathe, contortion, deep breathing, fascia, Gary Kraftsow, joints, myofascia, overstretching, proprioception, proprioceptors, sacroiliac joint, tissue, yoga pose, Yoga Tune Up®

Yoga Breath

“As long as you can take a deep breath in the pose, you’re safe.”

How many times have you heard this phrase from a yoga teacher? You may have even heard it from me…

Deep breathing has always been the fail-safe awareness detector for pose safety. The prevailing myth is that your breath is the best way to gauge whether or not you have traveled too deeply beyond your edge in a pose.

Yoga for Healthy Hamstrings

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | August 9th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: biomechanist, forward bends, forward fold, heels, high heels, hyperflexion, Katy Bowman, low back pain, overstretching, paschimottanasana, restorative yoga poses, sitting, sitting too long, Standing Forward Bend, standing forward fold, stretch hamstrings, supta padangusthasana, tight hamstrings, touch toes, utanasana, Yoga, yoga block, yoga for hamstrings, yoga for legs, yoga strap

Raise your hand if you’re sitting down. Now raise your hand if you’re wearing shoes that have a heel height of an inch or more (running shoes and men’s dress shoes count).

Hand still in the air? Chances are, your hamstrings are tight. Really tight. Which means you’re more prone to damage in the knee and hip joints, pelvic floor disorders and low back pain.

What do these two seemingly unrelated things (your shoe choice and the likelihood you’ll be sitting most of the day) have to do with your hammies? Here are a couple basic things you need to know to connect the dots:

Loosen Up! How to Stretch Your Way to Flexibility

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | May 24th, 2011 | 6 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: bone spurs, collagen fibers, connective tissue, dynamic stretching, elastin fibers, fascia, flexibility, flexible, foam roller, inflammation, injuries, Jill Miller, Kelly Starrett, Kettelbell, loosen, massage, osteoarthritis, overstretching, self-massage, static stretching, stretch, stretching, Thai Massage, tight muscles, Yoga, yoga balls, yoga poses, Yoga Tune Up Therapy Ball

Flexibility yoga blog

A few months ago I wrote a blog on the perils of overstretching that seemed to strike a chord with many of my students and readers. But for every overstretched yogi or yogini out there, there are four times as many folks who are bound up and moving like the tin man! Most folks I meet want to know how they can become more flexible, not less flexible. So I dedicate this blog to all of you who wish to become more supple and mobile. Let the bending begin!

Is Too Much Stretching Bad for You? One Yogini’s Story from Floppy to Fit

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | March 3rd, 2011 | 10 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: ashtanga, body, connective tissue, exercise, fascia, Fitness, hypermobility, injury, Jane Fonda, Jill Miller, joints, Kettelbell, Leaf Lifestyle, muscle, muscle tear, overstretching, PNF, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, sciatica, strength training, stretching, workout, Yoga Tune Up®

Woman stretching during yoga

I began practicing yoga at age 11. My mom brought home the Jane Fonda workout and Raquel Welch Yoga videos and I became obsessed … especially with the yoga. At first I wasn’t very flexible, couldn’t touch my toes, and was extremely weak in my shoulders and core.