The Anatomy & Physiology of Flexibility & Stretching – Biomechanics for Yoga Teachers


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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we explore the relatively complex perspectives related to the anatomy and physiology of flexibility and stretching.


Understand what limits flexibility (including connective tissue and the nervous system) and gain a deeper understanding of stretching.


Define flexibility and factors that may limit flexibility. Explain what happens to a person’s muscles when anesthetized and the significance of this. Describe what happens when personal ROM limits are reached. Define three possible muscles states. Explain what is meant by “a tensile load” and provide the benefits of stretching. Define and give an example of the following types of stretching: passive / passive static, active / active static, dynamic, resistance and PNF.


active stretching, dynamic stretching, facilitated stretching, flexibility, passive stretching, proprioceptive neuromuscluar facilitation (PNF), resistance stretching, static stretching, stretching, tensile load

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