Hip opening yoga postures are some of the more requested in class (along with shoulders!). Yet they’re also the postures with the most grunting & groaning. We love to hate them it seems. So why should you practice pigeon pose and similar yoga stretches for the hips?
1) We sit way too long! How many hours have you been sat down for today alone? When we sit our hip flexors and psoas muscle shorten, when we sit for long periods this causes tightness and stiffness in the hips.
2) Tightness and lack of range of motion in the hips can put too much strain and load on other areas of the body such as the spine and the knees causing pain and discomfort.
3) Yoga tradition explains that we store negative feelings and pent up emotions in our hips which can create blockages and obstacles in our life. Move and stretch this area to release repressed emotions.
4) The hips correspond with the Sacral Chakra, Svadhisthana. This chakra represents our creativity and sensuality. When the hips are more open and spacious so we can feel more creative, be inspired to explore new ideas and insights.
5) Your hips are a full 360° joint with over 20 muscles that cross over them! So it takes some care and attention to really get in there and make some change! You have the inside hip muscles aka adductors, outer thigh muscles aka abductors, hip flexors at the front of the hips and deep rotators. So for a full clear out, include a quad/hip flexor stretch to the front, an inside hip/groin stretch and a variation of pigeon.
Check out my free online video focusing on hips, quads and glutes.
See you on the mat yogis !
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