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I've always been unable to touch my toes. This is becoming increasingly problematic for my yoga. Of course focusing on stretching my hamstrings helps and I'm making progress but I'm concerned that my regular cycling — which I'm told tightens the hamstrings — is counteracting my yoga efforts. Is this likely to be the case?

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Have you tried using a foam roller? See this q/a for info on releasing the hamstrings. Touching your toes also requires back flexibility. –  BackInShapeBuddy Aug 23 '13 at 21:40
As the other questions seem to answer how to increase flexibility, can the question be rephrased to challenge the claim of specific exercise (in this case cycling) tightening muscles and counteracting flexibility? –  Baarn Aug 23 '13 at 22:02
Unless the question is edited, I vote to close, too. If you choose to edit the question it would be good to know for how long you've been doing yoga (and cycling). –  Baarn Aug 23 '13 at 22:06
Thank. I've removed the last question and changed the title to specify. I've been cycling to and from work/school/university on an almost daily basis (allowing for weather and a couple of brief periods where the commute was too long) for over 10 years, and I've been doing yoga on a weekly or twice weekly basis for ~2 years. Recently I've started going to yoga (cycling there too!) on a daily basis. –  Barney Aug 25 '13 at 9:54
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