I have a date with Muscles ~ Jasmine Ho

During the theory lesson, we gained knowledge about muscles used when performing asanas. I understood better about the difference between weakness in a certain muscle group and tightness in that same muscle group. One good example is the gluteus maximus where the tightness of this muscle limits forward bends whereas weakness limits backbends. Hence, it reminded me that one should not only stretch a certain muscle, one should also strengthen it in order to achieve greater depth in one’s asana practice.

Through that, I also understood why different people do the poses differently. It helps in allowing me to know what areas to focus on and engage so as to improve and eventually reap the benefits of the asanas.

It was also my first time hearing about these two terms “agonist” and “antagonist” and how they relate to each other. It seems so natural that when the agonists are the biceps brachii, the antagonists are the “opposite” muscle triceps. We are always using them but not know their relations to each other. Knowing the relationships will minimise wrong engagement, which eventually will reduce injuries. Muscles are “active” as they can contract and stretch when they are engaged. No one movement or asana will affect just one muscle group. In fact, a couple of muscle groups are always affected or in use. Hence, it is crucial to have a good understanding of the exact groups being used for each asana.