Stretching & Strengthening Are Not Opposites

One of my very favorite topics to discuss with yogis is the fact that “stretching & strengthening are not opposites”. I honestly can’t think of another myth in the yoga world that has caused as many misunderstandings about the body as the widespread idea that these two are binary terms.

For example, the idea that stretching & strengthening are opposites leads to myths like:

  • -strength & flexibility are opposites

  • -a muscle contraction is “balanced out” by stretching

  • -stretching *lengthens* our tissues & strengthening *shortens* them

  • -we can re-align “bad posture” through stretching & strengthening

  • -stretching *weakens* our muscles

  • -the human body is a 2D organism composed of oversimplified, black-and-white, dichotomous relationships like these ☝🏽

Because there is so much to un-pack (and so many big yoga myths to bust) regarding stretching & strengthening not being opposites, I am more than excited about my brand new 90-minute *online workshop* that's available to watch anytime right here on my website!

There is SO much great science-based info explained in simple, clear terms for yogis in this workshop. As my friend Hannah Stewart told me today, “You make such beautiful sense of all the things.” Awwww!

I’m honestly not exaggerating when I say this is my favorite continuing education workshop I’ve created yet.

Please let me know what you think if you watch it, yoga geeks!