If this sounds familiar, don't fret; most people carry a lot of stress and tension in their hips. There are the lucky few who are very open and flexible but because we spend so much of our daily life sitting in chairs (and just sitting in general), the majority of us have found ourselves in a complicated relationship with our hips.
These are my favorite poses for increasing hip mobility and openness.
Don't go running for the hills, embrace your pigeon; your hips will thank you.
As if one pigeon wasn't enough! This is one of my very favorite poses as it's so easy to track your progress once you're in it.
*If stacking the hips seems impossible, straighten your bottom leg out in front of you. If the legs are stacked but the knee is lifted uncomfortably high, use a blanket or bolster under the knee for support.
Yes, yet another animal-themed pose that we all love to hate.
Wide-legged seated forward fold is a great way to stretch the inner thighs while also opening up the hips.
Yoga squats are a more active way to open the hips and can also be used as a foundation for crow pose.
Whether you’re a runner, work in an office (and sit at a desk all week) or just have super-tight hips, try the above poses to increase your mobility and flexibility.
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