As someone who is pretty flexible, I see it as almost a bit of a curse.
can make your joints unstable or “loose” - to the extent that it feels like certain things won’t stay in place (which is where strength comes in).
Those of us (like, pretty much all of us) who thrust our ribcages forward thinking that's how you 'stand up straight' are articulating just one joint of the many in our spines - often the joint between T11 & T12 - ALL the time.
If you think 'lifting your chest' or 'sticking your chest out' is what standing up straight is, you are misinformed. Pretty much everyone is - that's why we are pretty much ALL rib shearers.
Back in the day, I was taught to teach people to kick up into headstand. So I did. I CRINGE when I think back on that.
I JUST KNEW SO LITTLE ABOUT HOW BODIES WORK.
But then, at the time, very few people in the yoga world knew anything much about modern biomechanics. Thank goodness we are learning!
AS I’VE LEARNED MORE, I’VE BECOME INCREASINGLY WARY OF INVERSIONS. This is why.
When I was young - and I say that from my current 'advanced' age of 40 - I LOVED going to yoga classes where the instructor told us stories from the Bhagavad Gita or other bits of Hindu Mythlology.
I loved the gods and goddesses and their exploits and the morals to the tales.
But as I grew older and did more yoga, I found I didn't want to hear stories in yoga class anymore.
You could say I wasn't so into the spiritual side. Problem? Not really. Here's why.