A very interesting article that explores how yoga contributes to long-term flexibility.
In a study published on March 15, 2014 in the online journal Cell, "researchers from Columbia University demonstrated how one of the largest proteins in the human body, titin, contributes to muscle elasticity."
Of particular importance is the fact that "higher performance is dependent not only on muscle strength, but also on how good the body is at conserving energy," and "titin contributes to the passive elasticity of muscles, making it easier for them to conserve energy."
Thus, "prolonged stretching, which might occur in a 60- or 90-minute yoga class, leaves muscles relaxed because titin has been uncoiled and oxidized."
Finally, "beyond exercise and wellness implications, further research on titin could also contribute to new treatments in the field of cardiology."
According to researchers, "there are many cardiac disorders where the mechanical properties of the heart are visibly changed. Now we have a molecular mechanism where we can alter heart elasticity.”
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