Stretching Tools

Stretching Tools

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Stretching tools are a great addition to your routine for more leverage and support. From yoga blocks to doorways, I tried to think of everything I have used for more leverage. I’m sure there’s more, but there’s plenty here to start with. A lot of random things can be used for stretching, so keep your eye for potential stretching tools! Let’s work …

Breath & Posture

Breathing, Form, & Posture

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Never underestimate the power of intentional breath and posture. Oxygen is fuel for the muscles. The more oxygen brought to your muscles, the less fatigued they become and the greater your chances of gaining flexibility. Oxygen is not only fuel for our muscles, but for our brains. Mind power is essential for muscle control, balance, coordination, and cyclic thoughts on proper …

Flexible Strength

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You want flexibility? You’re gunna need strength and muscle awareness to get you there safely! When we think about splits, we normally don’t think about which muscles need to be engaged and which relaxed, how the legs need to rotate or extend, or the amount of weight that is placed on wrists. We just think about pushing down further; but please don’t …

Pre 2015 Flexibility Challenge Photos

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Since the 100 day contortion challenge I have been continuing my practice, not as vigorously but enough to still make small improvements. I also started going to semi private lessons with Shelly Guy, an amazing contortionist here in the DMV area. Progress Since the 100 Day Contortion Challenge Here are some results from my weekly contortion classes. I still had to …