It seems like in every class I teach, my students either collapses into pigeon pose with a big sigh of relief or grit their teeth as they attempt to breathe. Even when we move, activities like running and cycling make our hips tight.
The vast majority of us have tight hips, from sitting at a desk all day to sitting in a car for our commute to sitting on our couch at night.
Hip openers also elicit an intense feeling when you practice them because we tend to store our emotional baggage in our hips.
Disclaimer: I am a certified yoga instructor but I am not your yoga instructor.
Please exercise caution and be mindful of your own body.
These views are mine alone, based on my own experiences.
Please use props such as blankets, a yoga block (or 2! Always consult a certified yoga instructor for additional guidance and assistance.
Supta Padangusthasana or Reclined Hand-to-Big Toe Pose I loooooove this pose.
I start many of my classes with some variation of this pose.
It’s a great way to stretch your outer hips and IT band, and it works your hamstrings too. If you don’t have a strap, you can use a scarf or a belt.
Gomukhasana Legs Technically, this pose is half of cow-face pose.
Don’t ask me why it’s called cow face pose but we’re only going to do the leg portion of the pose. Malasana / Garland Pose Variation Squats are great for increasing hip mobility.
This variation combines the hip opening of malasana with the calming effects of a forward fold.
In this variation, your feet are together (or close together) on the mat instead of the traditional wide stance.