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Your students don't have to be flexible to do yoga. But if you don't give people what they want, they will leave.

Your students don't have to be flexible to do yoga. But if you don't give people what they want, they will leave.

Posted by Paul Zaichik on

Research shows that one of the top reasons why people start practicing yoga is to gain flexibility. Research shows that one of the top reasons why people start practicing yoga is to gain flexibility. Yoga is so popular that if...

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Back Hurts While Stretching? Here is why...

Back Hurts While Stretching? Here is why...

Posted by Paul Zaichik on

The cause of reoccurring spinal and lower back injuries during hip and shoulder compound stretching. Strains and sprains, in the joints and the muscles, in and around the spine while stretching, is a rather common occurrence. Unfortunately, most of the...

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True Front Split: Stop Cheating Yourself

True Front Split: Stop Cheating Yourself

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You think you’re doing a split but you’re not! Stop cheating yourself! 10 issues that are preventing you from doing a True Front Split, reasons and solutions. If you have been faking a split, you're only cheating yourself. Here's how...

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Advantages of isolating muscles when stretching vs stretching multiple muscles at the same time.

Advantages of isolating muscles when stretching vs stretching multiple muscles at the same time.

Posted by Paul Zaichik on

Like many other blog posts this one comes from repeated questions that I would like to answer. First of all, what is the difference between an isolated stretch versus non-isolated stretch? Let's look at concrete examples: A standard lunge stretch...

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Proper Stretching Order of 4 Hip Muscle Groups. Can You Stretch Them All At The Same Time?

Proper Stretching Order of 4 Hip Muscle Groups. Can You Stretch Them All At The Same Time?

Posted by Paul Zaichik on

How do I open my hips? I get this question a lot and since I've been in the field of stretching flexibility for many years I still get a question when it's phrased in a specific way it's confusing to...

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Why is it easier to do a turn out in the second position than in the first position?

Why is it easier to do a turn out in the second position than in the first position?

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I got this question quite a lot of times, usually from bullet dancers “How come I can turn out a lot more in the second position, than I can in the first position?” For those of you who are not...

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“Why do I have the pain behind the knee?” The pain behind the knee when doing the true front split.

“Why do I have the pain behind the knee?” The pain behind the knee when doing the true front split.

Posted by Paul Zaichik on

  This is one of the most common questions that comes up about the True Front Split, I usually get questions like that pretty often.The answer depends on many factors. First of all where is the pain behind the knee...

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How to learn to do the splits

How to learn to do the splits

Posted by Paul Zaichik on

Many people ask how to learn to do the splits. Today I will answer this question. Most of you already know that on this blog we usually talk about mastering the splits in depths. Such as Kinesiology, Biomechanics and Physiology...

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Why do muscles shake during a stretching workout?

Why do muscles shake during a stretching workout?

Posted by Paul Zaichik on

I got this question a few times: “Why do muscles shake during a stretching workout” and decided to answer it in today’s article. Muscles can shake during or after a stretching exercise just like they can shake during a strength...

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