Objectively, when the whole body is involved in active stretching, there is a strong tendency to overstretch what is already loose and understretch what is tight. The stretch reflex, which is the reflex shortening of muscles after stretching, will be activated. It will be most strongly activated in the most tense areas. This is counterproductive to the overall project Yoga of releasing the body. The usual solution is detailed teaching intervention so that stretching is more balanced throughout the body. But this just makes the whole process unnecessarily complicated. Also, stretching usually must be repeated daily to maintain flexibility because of the reactions of shortening that it predictably evokes. These are objective reasons for not stretching.

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