Muscle anatomy: why does it matter?

During this third week of training, we spent a lot of time on learning the muscle names, functions, insertions and origins on the bones which may sound very boring and is definitely difficult to remember. However, being a yoga teacher or just wanting to practice yoga on your own require this knowledge, not only to help prevent injuries but  also to ease common muscle pain.

How many of us suffer occasional or constant lower back pain? I would say most of us feel at least discomfort on the lumbar area after being in a wrong position for too long (in front of our computers maybe) or carrying something heavy, or just standing up for a long time. How many of us know why it hurts and more importantly how to ease the pain? We might easily do a forward bend to stretch but what else can we do to avoid this pain to occur again? Well, learning about the muscle anatomy would definitely help in identifying the causes of this pain which for instance might be due to weak abdominal core muscles, or weak back muscles. In these cases, stretching the spine when it hurts will only be a temporary fix-up.  In addition, it is very important to work your core muscles and selected yoga asanas will help you do that.

The human body is a beautiful machine, every bone, every muscle is designed perfectly to accomplish its function. A well-balanced body with adequate strength of every muscle becomes light and free of discomfort in any position. On the other hand, a wrong habit, a lack of strength in some muscle and excessive strength on others will force the body to adjust to accomplish the movements by over straining some muscles, over stretching others. Up to my knowledge, yoga is the best practice to strengthen and stretch all the muscles in synergy for a well-balanced body.

– Stephanie –

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