You may have heard the terms flexibility and mobility used interchangeably but although they are complementary, there are distinctions. Think of flexibility as the muscle’s ability to stretch passively. Mobility incorporates flexibility but also requires strength to actively move a joint through its full range of motion. It’s important to work on both flexibility and mobility and guess what? Yoga provides a way to improve and maintain both.
Mobility and flexibility provide a myriad of benefits to help you feel your best. The combination of both helps you move your body through your full range of motion, whether you’re swinging a golf club, picking up a heavy box, or flowing through chatarangua dandasana. When your muscles are tight or inflexible, they can create restriction of the joints and restrict range of motion.
So for healthy hips, you’d want to stretch your hip flexors and hip rotators (piriformis muscles) for flexibility and do some range-of-motion exercises to move the thigh bone in the hip socket for joint mobility. A great pose for mobility is Adho Mukha Svanasna (Downward Dog) which stretches the posterior chain of the body and improves ankle, hip, and shoulder mobility.
Improving flexibility and mobility is important to prevent injury and enhance performance. Yoga helps build strong, healthy muscles, improves blood flow and enhances coordination and athletic performance. But you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from a focus on mobility––everyone benefits. If you want to feel your best and stay active indefinitely, it’s vital to either maintain your current level or improve upon any limitations in your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles.
When you’re moving with ease and freedom, you also experience more mental and emotional freedom. This week’s classes are specifically designed to emphasize mobility but you’ll also improve your flexibility at the same time. Get ready to get loose!
Shoulder/Neck Mobility Flow - Kristin Gibowicz
Your Hips Don't Lie: Hip Mobility Gentle Flow - Christen Bakken
A Daily Plan for All Over Mobility - Michelle Berman Marchildon
Mindful Transitions Flow - Kristin Gibowicz
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