Active Stretching
Active Stretching
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Active Stretching

Last updated on 2015-06-28

About the Book

I've played with active stretching in the past. It felt like it gave my stretching a little extra boost to help me break past my usual sticking points. As a result I didn't feel like I had to use this technique all the time. And so I played with other stretching and body awareness techniques.

I came back to active stretching because I lead most of my classes by example and when I injured my knee I had to figure out some way of continuing to teach while leading from the front. (I could have just talked my students through the poses but since we speak different languages, doing the class with them seems to be the more effective option.)

In many of the standing poses that I teach I found that active stretching made it possible to do most things without hurting my knee. If anything the actions actually helped it.

(That's no promise that the same will happen for you. I also went to the Chinese Equivalent of a chiropractor who "shook" my knee back into place. Plus I spent a lot of time playing with different muscle activations to help keep my knee joint in place.)

And so I went back to exploring active stretching with my students, finding different ways to effectively teach the active stretching actions. I found that the same instructions don't work with all groups and I also found out where some instructions were superfluous. I was able to make my teaching more effective which also gave me more time to include extra poses which gave a break from active stretching.

The active stretching exercises in this course focus on a few simple actions that are repeated in a number of different positions so that you have the greatest chance of understanding and experiencing them for yourself.

In all of the exercises the focus includes moving slowly and smoothly so that you have the chance to feel your body operating. This makes it easier to recognize and recreate the sensations that you need for active stretching. And it also means that you can learn to use your body with minimal effort.

The ebook includes lots of photos so that it is easy to see what you are trying to do and I've broken down instructions into parts and steps so that it is easy to work on each exercise well within your limits of understanding and ability. 

The goal isn't to get straight to the position as I show you, but to be able to control your body within your current limitations so that you can then work at expanding beyond those limits. 

This ebook is covered by the Leanpub Guarantee (if you buy it from Leanpub).If you aren't satisfied you have 45 days to ask for your money back. Refunds are handled manually but all it takes from you is a couple of mouse clicks and you are there.

Personally I think you won't be dissapointed. In my classes I work at making the concepts I teach easy to learn and easy to understand and you'll get the benefits of that experience in this book. And if you haven't experienced any of my work before then I invite you to check out my website, sensational-yoga-poses.com.

About the Author

Neil Keleher
Neil Keleher

I left school before graduating to move back to England to join the army. I spent five years as an armorer, while at the same time studying advanced mathematics via correspondence course. Thus developed a love for self-learning. I then went to university to study Systems Design engineering. During work-terms I discovered a love for speed skating and that's when I had some of my earlier experiences of being in the flow. I wasn't a spectacularly fast skater. I simply enjoyed the sensation of falling from skate to skate. After university, I moved to Calgary where after a few years as an engineer, I dabbled in acting and then fell into teaching yoga. Living in Taiwan for the last 13 or so years, I began specializing in teaching people to feel and control their body. In the process, I gained a better understanding of proprioception, one of the keys to getting into the flow easily. I've also dabbled in App design. I've turned a Chinese dictionary that I've designed into an app that makes Chinese character lookup easy, even if you are a complete beginner.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Basic Guidelines.
    • The Side Body Introductory Exercises
    • Back Body Introductory Exercises
    • Front Body Introductory Exerises
    • Triangle Introductory Exercise
    • A Different Kind of Muscle Assisted Stretch
  • Building an Active Stretch Routine
    • Exercise Set 1
    • Exercise Set 2
    • Exercise Set 3a
    • Exercise Set 3b
    • Exercise Set 4
  • Appendix 1: Ankle Flexing and Foot Pointing
    • Open the Back Of the Knee
    • Making the Intensity Bearable
    • Alternate Between Actions
    • Bent Knee Foot Actions
    • Dual Muscle Assisted Variations
  • Appendix 1: General Sequence Using Foot Actions
  • Appendix 2: Note On Hip Flexing
  • Thanks

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