Yoga - a phad, a way of life or just a good way to stay fit
Yoga is often associated with chanting, praying and bending joints in directions that don't look healthy.
Quite the contrary is the case once you take a medical and bioscientific perspective to the ancient practice. Exposing your bones and joints to challenges increases their durability and flexibility for moments of true crisis. Wolff's law states that bone mass is arranged and rearranged depending on the stress (through force) imposed on that bone. Davis's explains similar mechanics in soft tissues such as fascia, tendons and ligaments.
Yoga does what few other forms of exercise do. It brings you to a position in which you leverage your body against itself. In each pose the intensity of the stretch comes through relaxing rather than forcing your muscles. This is superb since it avoids injury to the tissue due to overexertion.
Click and play the short presentation. In this example you can easily detect how feet, hips and hands build a triangle. The upper body is used as a lever when you draw it closer to the legs. This way you are creating length (how Yogis say stretching) in your hamstrings, calves and your heel. That right there is a perfect remedy for hours spent on the airplane or in the car seat. Looks funny but feels great.
When you lift your hips upwards you start closing the gap between your belly and your hips. This will create a deep stretch in the back of you legs