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Old 06-10-2002, 11:35 AM   #4
Janet Rosen
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Hi.
I agree that "popping" noise in and of itself, without pain, instabiltiy or swelling, is probably not serious.
I would point out, though, that too MUCH flexibility can be a problem. In order to protect joints, there needs to be a balance between strength and flexibility--if you want to train in a martial art, having the flexibility of an advanced yoga practitioner without strong muscles may be risking injury.
In terms of your practice, best regardless of age is to warm up, then stretch, before class, and to stretch again and cool down after class.

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janet
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