What is the ‘Six rules to stretching’ yoga?
The “Six Rules to Stretching” are a set of guidelines for effective and safe stretching. They are:
- Warm-up: It is essential to warm up before stretching to increase blood flow to the muscles and reduce the risk of injury.
- Stretch to the point of mild discomfort: Stretching should be performed to the point of mild discomfort and not to the point of pain. Stretching too far can lead to muscle or joint damage.
- Hold the stretch: The stretch should be held for 10-30 seconds, allowing the muscles to lengthen and relax.
- Repeat: Each stretch should be repeated 2-4 times, gradually increasing the intensity and duration of the stretch.
- Breathe: Breathing should be slow and deep during stretching. Holding the breath can increase tension and reduce the effectiveness of the stretch.
- Cool-down: A cool-down period after stretching can help prevent muscle soreness and stiffness.
These rules are important to keep in mind during any type of stretching, including yoga. It is essential to listen to your body and not push yourself beyond your limits.