Stretching: Fascia and the Connective Tissue Video
Stretching: Fascia and the Connective Tissue

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Stretching: Fascia and the Connective Tissue

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It this short educated workshop class, Jesse Enright instructs about the connective tissue and fascia in the science of stretching.


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gwencreek, posted on January 1, 2015

"be gentle and go slow". I wish more teachers taught that way. It's tough to find a class that isn't a fast-paced vinyasa flow around here. Thanks for the informative video, Jesse.

maitemalcorra, posted on October 28, 2014

Thank you...

WendyMarie, posted on October 9, 2014

Hi, Jesse! Thank you for sharing a clear and informative explanation on stretching. It's helped me gain a perspective on how to improve this part of my fitness.

dduggan, posted on October 2, 2014

I could listen to your wise words and how you deliver them all have a gift, and I've learned so much from you...........I share all these tips with my students and tell them that Jesse Enright in my on line yoga teacher. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

DWS3, posted on September 28, 2013


tammiek, posted on July 16, 2013

I agree--you have a talent explaining how the body works.

yogiD, posted on July 1, 2013

Excellent explanation. Thank you so much.

Tamela, posted on April 13, 2013

Thank you! So many yoga routines are just too fast and contort too much for my tight body. I always new that slow felt better and now I know why. The yoga instructors I went to 20 years ago were much slower and more careful. It seems that now, so many instructors are too into the "exercise." I have several friends who say they've tried yoga and the beginners classes are too much for them. Instructors (even on this site) forget that many of us are sitting behind desks every day and have shortened so much of our connective tissue. Bless you for this.

librarygrl, posted on February 8, 2013

Great info and very good use of examples to illustrate his points.

energiayoga, posted on November 13, 2012

good info

stinaz, posted on October 23, 2012

Great reminder for gentle slow stretching and to not force it and create tears. Don't have enough personal knowledge to know whether longer gentler stretches help stretch the fascia particularly, but do know from experience that the connective tissue is important to flexibility and that slow gentle prolonged stretching works. Though there are also heaps of other ways too.

jlean, posted on August 11, 2012

Jesse, thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge and insight. With gratitude, Namaste

kayamarie, posted on August 10, 2012

jesse, i could listen to you talk all day. you are such a smartie pants.

Taurus, posted on July 29, 2012

I always learn something new from you. thanx a million :-)

jesseenright, posted on July 28, 2012

Thank you so much to everyone for your amazing comments!!
I really appreciate the positivity.
It truly fuels my passion for the amazing science of yoga when I'm able to share what I learn with so many like minded yogis and yoginis!!

To Michel (maubin)....
There are different theories with regards to a length of time and and or frequency for "stretching" .
I was first taught that it took at least 90 seconds of low load (gentle) stretching (traction) of connective tissue to bring about a permanent viscous tissue change.
I have read recently that this time period could be as short as 20 seconds.
I think the true indicator will be the felt quality of the tissue being tractioned or stretched.
I look for an experience or melting or a slow voluntary release of the tissue.
("Sliding" or "Elongating" are other words I would use to describe the experience.)
This may happen after 5 minutes or 5 seconds depending on many factors including breath, stress levels, diet, alignment, etc.
If my tissue seems to be stuck or resisting then I will either adjust one of the above factors or give that tissue a rest.
Frequency of stretching also depends on the reaction of the tissue.
Over stretching may actually cause micro tears in the fascia and in this case rest and healing will be needed before attempting to stretch it again.
But if we are working gently, patiently and with compassion.....
The body speaks to us in a language of sensations.
The body will resist and tighten if we are attemptng something unhealthy.
The body will tell us if we are doing something that is healthy by giving us pleasure and space.

Heatherobscura, posted on July 21, 2012

condition and comb.. :)

bschmedinghoff, posted on July 20, 2012

You're a freaking angel Jesse Enright! I absolutely love every single video you post on here.

marlon, posted on July 20, 2012


mhk, posted on July 18, 2012

I think you just changed my life, my practice, and my future well being....

maubin, posted on July 17, 2012

How long & how many time per week should I do the streching? IE 60-90 sec per leg, 3 times a week? Thanks for the video. Regards Michel.

Barbinha, posted on July 17, 2012

I love your clear explanations and tips! Thank you!!

akhalsa, posted on July 15, 2012

i look forward to every new video you do. Thank you

Pato_2, posted on July 15, 2012


fuphoyoga, posted on July 15, 2012

thank you for this informative video!

maansb, posted on July 15, 2012

Wonderful :-))

toolka, posted on July 14, 2012

Thanks a lot!!!

NSYogi, posted on July 13, 2012

Always enjoy your educational pieces!

mayogaroom, posted on July 12, 2012

Always learning a way to understand and to teach ...

heidrunjacobi, posted on July 12, 2012

Thank you so much, Jesse, this was very educational! Loved all the facts you provided in a super interesting and easy to understand way. Please bring more!!

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