I LEARNED LIFE-TOLERANCE THROUGH MUSCLE-FLEXIBILITY...THE POWER OF YOGA!
I have spent most of my life fighting my own body, wondering why I am still battling with my flexibility, when other people start where I am today!?
First of all, your body’s flexibility IS (to a large degree) Genetic!
Your type of joints, bone structure, the elasticity of your muscle tissue, tendons and ligaments, are all factors that greatly influence your flexibility and you are born with them and can not change them! Add to this: age, hormones, lifestyle, how/when/how long you train...and you’ll get why a small portion of each person’s flexibility is adaptable, but it takes a long time and a lot of work to get even that small adaptation.
So by the time you come to the mat, you are already working with a somewhat depressing situation and what changes as you stretch is that your brain will allow you to hold the stretch longer, but the muscles and tendons themselves will not have changed much.
In summary, if we stretch more and stretch harder our tissue will not change because it is the nervous system that RUNS THE SHOW!
So what does that mean? That means that unless you are under anesthesia (where you will miraculously gain full and even excessive range of motion because your nervous system is asleep), your ability to stretch at any range is determined by your nervous system’s tolerance to that range.
So how did I learn tolerance then?
Yoga is a consistent practise that demands we roll the mat everyday. Years and years of practise gradually taught me to deepen a stretch by keeping my nervous system quiet at deeper levels of a stretch, a process known as stretch tolerance: I don’t feel the pain of a stretch anymore, and that makes it possible for me to get into a deeper position with an even more flexed joint...
Exactly the same principle applies to my life. I am able to tolerate assholes, narcissists, manipulators, awful life traumas, heartbreaks, arguments, bad decisions, terrible injustice, awful relationships, painful friendships, and people and situations in general, because my nervous system learned to endure past the pain threshold...this is the power of Yoga!