Hip Opening Poses

Our yoga focus for this month is hip openers.  As a society we are extremely sedentary and all that sitting leads to, among other issues, some significantly tight hips.  So, practicing hip openers is a great way to counteract all the sitting we do. 

Below is a simple hip opening practice you can use at home either as a part of a larger yoga practice or independently. 

  1. Trikonasana (Triangle)
  2. Anjaneyasana (Low lunge)
  3. Malasana (Low squat)
  4. Baddha Konasana (Butterfly pose)
  5. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon pose) or Supta Kapotasana (Reclining pigeon pose)
  6. Wide-legged Balasana (Wide-legged Child’s pose)
  7. Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard pose)
  8. Mandukasana (Frog pose)
  9. Gomukhasana (Cow Face pose)
  10. Anada Balasana (Happy Baby)

Keep in mind that if you are really tight in your hips, you may want to ease into this practice and/or not hold the poses quite as long until you get your hips loosened up a bit.  Over time and practice your hips will become more and more open, so keep practicing!!

Our mini flow this month, which is all about hip opening poses, includes many of these poses, so check out that video and follow along with that mini hip opening practice as well.  Namaste.

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