Owl Yoga Pose

Owl Yoga Pose

Bounce off the ground the higher the bounce, the more stress on the push-off muscles.

The higher the bounce, the more shock to be absorbed upon landing. Stay low to the ground, touching lightly.

Stretching I have heard from thousands of runners who have been injured or had Yoga Injuries aggravated by stretching. In general, I do not recommend stretching. There are individuals who benefit from certain stretches, however. Be careful if you choose to stretch. Stretching is not generally recommended as a warm-up or immediately after yoga. Trying to stretch out fatigue-induced tightness often results in injury or prolonged recovery.

Note: Those who have iliotibial band injury can often get relief from a few specific stretches that act as a “quick fix” to keep you yoga. Even when doing these, be careful. The foam roller treatment has been the mode that has reduced healing time for this injury. There is a picture on our website (www.jeffgalloway.com) that shows how to use this.

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Continuing to work out when an injury has begun can dramatically increase the damage in a few minutes. It is always better to stop the exercise immediately if there is an indication that you have an injury.

Avoid certain exercises that aggravate your weak links.

The “Toe Squincher.” Everyone should do this exercise every day to reduce/eliminate the chance of having a plantar fascia injury or other foot problems. Point your foot down and contract the muscles in the forefoot/midfoot region. This strengthens the many little muscles in your feet that will provide extra support.

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