YOGA FOR TIGHT HIPS
It’s not just you! Hips are notorious for being tight and inflexible. But with some patience, practice, and coaxing what used to be closed can certainly become open!
Whether you’re a runner, or you work at the office and sit most of your days…these yoga poses will help!
Go through each pose, holding 8-10 breaths, on your R side, then repeat on the L side.
Try this 2-3 times a week, and you will notice a difference before you know it!
Open 1-Leg Down Dog
Bend knee, open hip, draw toes behind
Reverse Warrior on the Knee
Slide hand down back thigh, or place hand on hip. Reach other arm up and over for side bend, all while drawing hips forward and down
Revolved 1/2 Splits
Draw front heel down, engage top of front inner thigh. Twist arm up and draw front hip in to stretch IT band
1/2 Squat to Back of Mat
Coming from the previous pose on your R side, turn open to the side of your mat and walk to the back of your mat to bend into opposite knee.
Dragon Catching its Tail
Use a strap, or take hold of foot with hand and carefully draw in.
Explore: Try walking your knee further back first, and then try brining your knee closer to you. Which makes this more accessible? We each have different lengths of limbs. One variation may feel better than another.
Control the intensity: Draw heel in towards you to ease the stretch. The more parallel your shin is to the top of the mat, the more intense it will feel.
Supine Bigtoe Pose
Use a strap, or try wrapping your first 2 fingers and thumb of R Hand to R Bigtoe
Leg Across Body
Take hold of strap or toes with opposite hand, allow leg to drop straight over your body. Keep shoulders and neck resting on mat
Take hold of foot or strap with same side hand and allow leg to open straight to the side for inner thigh stretch