In these cold months following the holidays, the body tends to be more stiff than usual and the mind tends to be more stressed than usual. It’s an ideal time to pay particular attention to the hips with yoga!
The hips are the largest joint in the body. Whatever happens there tends to radiate through the rest of the body in a domino affect. They link the legs and torso, bearing most of the body’s weight. They support and protect the organs of digestion and reproduction. And in yoga, it is said that emotional baggage is stored in this area. The hips are also often the place where yoga students notice the most tightness!
Caring for this joint with sensitivity and compassion will bring relaxation to the body and a sense of ease to the mind.
Here are a few poses to open up tight hips. Remember to breathe and only go as far as you feel comfortable:
Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana):
(remember to breathe and relax the shoulder and hips)
Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana):
Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana):
Tip: It is very Common for people to have tight hips! Keep practicing at least twice a week and things will begin to open.
Suzy teaches Gentle Yoga every Wednesday from 10-11am