DYNAMIC MOBILITY YOGA TRAINING

Yoga causes an increase in the strength ofligaments and tendons in the area being trained. This is partly due to an increase in capillarisation and blood flow in the surrounding tissue, from which tendons and ligaments get all of their nutrients by diffusion (having no direct blood supply of their own).

Mobility practice is a daily requirement, whereas flexibility training is not. Mobility practice provides nutritive and lubricative fluid to wash each joint (which would not happen without movement), reversing the aging process. Flexibility training does not do this. Dr. Nikolay Amosov, a well,respected Russian surgeon, supported the notion of mobility practice with his “1,000 moves to Heaven.” Dr. Amosov completely rehabilitated from open’ heart surgery with mobility practice (including with light weight movements such as in Clubbell training). Furthermore, he claimed that he reversed his aging process through this mobility practice.

Our ability to move through all six degrees of freedom is absolutely requisite to the health of our joints – and we are as old as our joints! Injuries and general wear,and,tear cause joint compression (squeezing out synovial fluid, our joint nutrition and lubrication) and create scar tissue (adhesions) and calcium deposits Uoint salts) as well as rheumatoid ailments. Our mobility practice decompresses our joints, washing them with nutritive and lubricative health while breaking up adhesions and calcium deposits so we can continue to move pain free for the rest of our lives. Flexibility training cannot do this because it moves against tissue tension in one direction.

When our flow is bound, it’s like walking across a mud-lined river. Our feet sink and we become mired to our knees in the muck. Each step requires every ounce of effort we can muster, and all the while, people, opportunities, and life itself seem to be floating by. Bound flow involves the pattern of knots in our myofascia {muscles and connective tissue}, making it difficult to breath, stand, and sit straight and painful to move. It’s difficult, painful, and energetically expensive to move with these networks of muscular tethers.

When addressing bound flow, analysis begets paralysis. We can’t think our way out of a cage, especially if the cage is self-imposed and despite the fact that the bars are invisible. No amount of mental exploration enables anything regarding movement. We need to physically act in order to cast off the shackles binding our health, strength, and performance.

To free ourselves from the bondage of bound flow, we need to make the invisible bars of the cage visible. We need to identify what keeps us in and, by doing so, secure our path to liberate our health, to secure pain-free movement, and to tap into our unlimited potential. The first thing we must do is realize that coordination, grace, poise, agility, and balance are attributes that are not learned. They are a genetic inheritance. What we learn, what we condition and make repeatable are the opposite.

The second step in our emancipation from bound flow involves understanding how we came to systematically build restraints to our flow. By learning how we build bars to a cage, we can deconstruct it and simply walk away from unhealthy, weak, poor-performance lifestyle patterns.

Soft tissue knows only outcomes, adaptation, and progress, so if the form (or technique) is inefficient, it produces a negative outcome, adaptation, and progression – resulting in sustained tension in that area. This obviously can happen from repetitive motion (e.g., people at a computer desk or working a foundry assembly line).

The real problem is when we suddenly and/or dramatically load a muscle that is already tense from that tension chain. A defensive stretch reflex occurs to protect the area, and we either have a muscle pull or, worse, a tear (and even worse still, the compromise of the integrity of one of our joints).

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