Before I post some stretches of varying difficulty, I thought it would be helpful to first talk about what is involved in flexibility. I’m sure some of us have noticed that, regardless of weeks and months spent doing yoga in addition to other forms of training, some extensive movements are just to painful or difficult to perform. I suspect that at the core of such observations (barring injury) is an omission to understand the underlying mechanisms of stretching or what it means to perform a stretch, how this implicates an interconnected skeletomusclar system, what are the neural mechanisms of movement, contraction, elongation, inhibition, and how the different structural and anatomical qualities of muscles influence mobility, flexibility, or their inhibition.
It is important to understand that failure to reach a degree of greater flexibility in one area is likely causally related to the anatomical and neural connections between this group and others.
But to provide a fuller, yet very accessible and thorough understanding of what you are doing by stretching, I thought I’d share this MIT article on the physiology of stretching and flexibility.
Enjoy the read!