What is Passive Static Stretching, yoga?
- Passive static stretching is a type of stretching in which a muscle is stretched and held in a fixed position using an external force, such as gravity or a prop like a yoga block or strap, without any active engagement of the muscle being stretched. In this type of stretching, the muscle is elongated gradually and held for a period of time, typically ranging from 30 seconds to several minutes.
- In Hatha yoga, passive static stretching is commonly used in poses such as seated forward bend (Paschimottanasana), wide-legged forward bend (Upavistha Konasana), and pigeon pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana). These poses involve stretching the hamstrings, lower back, hips, and glutes in a passive manner, allowing gravity and the weight of the body to gradually increase the stretch.
- The benefits of passive static stretching include increased flexibility and range of motion, improved circulation and blood flow, reduced muscle tension and soreness, and increased relaxation and stress relief. However, it is important to note that passive static stretching should be done with caution and awareness of one’s own body and limitations, as overstretching or holding a stretch for too long can cause injury.
- Contraindications for passive static stretching may include acute injuries, joint instability, or certain medical conditions that affect joint mobility. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider or certified yoga instructor before beginning any new stretching routine, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition or injury.