Originally posted by AtomicGrooves
Thanks for the advice Janet. I'm little more confused. I thought the warm up was the stretching. What do yo do to warm up before you stretch?
For warming up my body, I sometimes do a bunch of rocking back and forth onto my back from a seated position. I may then do ten to twenty consecutive forward rolls then the same number of backward rolls. Stretching in and of themselves do not warm my body up at all...
Personally, I don't do any "real" stretching of my major muscle groups before class; just a few, easy stretches to get the kinks worked out. I reserve my heavy-duty stretching for after class when my body is warmed up, usually while I'm folding my hakama and immediately afterwards.