Keys to Individualizing Your Yoga Practice: How to Gauge Joint Compression Vs. Muscular Tightness

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Stu Girling

Stu Girling teaches yoga anatomy workshops around the world and interviews renowned yoga teachers and related professionals. Stu practices Ashtanga Yoga and teaches anatomy & physiology on Yoga Teacher Training Programs. The concept for his site arose from the search for yoga...

One of the effects of yoga postures is to challenge the joints and muscles in order to enhance strength and flexibility.

This not only increases strength, stamina, and flexibility. It also engages the nervous system, enhancing neurological health, and stimulating receptors in the nervous system that slow the production of stress hormones.

But when we put stress on the joints of the body to stimulate greater strength and flexibility, two different types of stress can result: tightness and compression. The first generally is beneficial, the second is not, and it may lead to injury.

In this online course, yoga anatomy expert Stu Girling shows how we can learn to distinguish between the two. Tightness is the sensation of tissues being stretched. Compression, on the other hand, results when we push against the bony limitations of a joint.

We all have a unique skeletal structure and if we try to fit our body into an idealized alignment of yoga poses, we risk hurting ourselves by forcing our body into shapes that conflict with the bony structure of our joints.

Stu Girling will cover the 3 types of compression as it relates to the major joints of the body. Learn how to discern whether limitations in your range of motion are caused by bony structures that predispose you or your students to compression or whether it’s caused by muscular tightness.

This Course Also Includes:

  • Yoga Practice Video: Enjoy a yoga practice video that accompanies this course designed by Stu Girling.

  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions - both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.

  • Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.

This course qualifies for 3.5 non-contact hour CEs with Yoga Alliance.