Body of Knowledge™: Episode 11: What to Do about ‘Tightness’?

The sensation of tightness or muscle tension is a sensation that yoga students frequently explore in practice. Many yoga poses stretch the tissues of the body and many go to yoga in order to alleviate ‘tightness’ that they feel around their shoulders, hips, or back. The activity of stretching has many benefits, but one way students often use stretching – particularly, passive stretching – is the alleviate this feeling of ‘tightness.’ In this video, I explain a little bit more about this feeling – what it is and what it isn’t and introduce a shift in perspective on what to do about chronic feelings of muscle tension. In episode 12 of the Body of Knowledge™ Video Blog, I introduce a challenging hip-stabilizing exercise that I call Static Circumduction, an exercise that presents one possible strategy for working with hip ‘tightness.’

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