I learned this concept awhile ago and since I began putting it into practice I've noticed a big difference. Once I actually took the time to understand the anatomy of the hip I was able to realize that this way of stretching the hip flexors makes total sense. Check out this quick, easy read and change the way you stretch your hip flexors forever.
Yoga for Athletes: Why Activation and Inhibition Matter More than Stretching by Dana Santas
How many times have you heard someone say I want to do yoga to get more flexible? This article provides some awesome insight to what your goals of doing yoga should be. Here is an excerpt from her article:
"Yoga didn’t benefit my clients because of flexibility gains; rather, it helped them:
1. activate/inhibit muscles
2. use their diaphragm
3. initiate their parasympathetic nervous system"
If you have any parts of your body that are "tight" I would give this article a read. Trust me, it's dope.
Breathing Techniques by Geoff Miller
This article gives you a ton of reasons why focused breathing can reduce stress related responses in the body. He does a dope job of explaining the mental side of things as well.
"Why does he keep using the word dope?"-All of you reading this blog post.
"Cause it's a dope word."-Me