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Long stretches will make you gain hamstring flexibility quickly

Gain hamstring flexibility quickly

You can gain hamstring flexibility quickly; if you stretch the right way (see video).

In most yoga classes we’re only a few breaths in a pose. That’s often too short if you’re really struggling with inflexible muscles. Too ‘lengthen’ them you have to reprogram your nervous system. There are different ways to do that. A good way is to stay in a pose for a long period of time. The pain you feel when you stretch is actually a signal from your nervous system that tells you to stop stretching, because it’s afraid you will tear your muscles. If you stay in this stretch for a longer period of time (3 till 5 minutes) you nervous system ‘sees’ that it’s okay. That your muscle is not going to tear and the pain will ease. Now you can stretch a little deeper till you feel a slight pain again.

Every time you stretch like this, your nervous system will reprogram itself and make the ‘safety’ marge a little bit less tight. If you do this exercise every day you will gain flexibility in your hamstrings real quick .

Now don’t expect miracles. It will still take time to gain hamstring flexibility, but by long stretches you will gain it a lot quicker than by stretching only for a few breaths.

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2 Responses to Gain hamstring flexibility quickly

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    arianna 11 November 2016 at 23:04 #

    Thank you, it’s really clear now. I think it’s important to understand for our practice. In the article you said there are different ways to lengthen inflexible muscles…could you please tell me something about the other ways?

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    John Kraijenbrink 22 April 2017 at 20:36 #

    Wow, this question is so old, but I finally, finally, finally made the video I promised you ages ago: Good luck with it. Let me know how you get on.