Hip flexibility is something that is so important but yet so overlooked in our daily lives. Our daily routine can create a lot of tension in our hip joints without us even realising it – sitting at our computers for long hours, being on our feet the entire day, and even doing certain sports without suitable and sufficient warm-up and cooldown can all lead to a very stiff hip. Our hips are also major joints in our body, and it is said that we tend to hold a lot of negative thoughts and emotions in our hips.
This is why sometimes hip openers are not exactly our favourite asanas in our yoga practice. When we have to stay in a pigeon pose for a prolonged period of time in class, we can experience frustration, anger, or even sadness. And that is perfectly normal, simply because of what our hips naturally tends to do.
Today’s yoga guide is a very yin style of practice – yin yoga refers to a very restorative and meditative style of yoga as opposed to be flowing and dynamic style of yoga that we find in vinyasa yoga, bikram yoga, ashtanga yoga, and etc. I personally really love yin yoga because it provides a great balance to my usual vinyasa and bikram practice, and helps me to focus on improving my flexibility all over my body.
So, here are some things that you can try for today’s yoga guide:
- Try to hold on to each pose, on each side, for 3 to 5 minutes. Have a timer with you if you need that to keep track of time, play some music, and get your surroundings comfortable and conducive for a meditative practice.
- If you find your mind wandering off or if you are getting distracted, always go back to your breath. Try counting your breath, such that your exhalation is twice as long as your inhalation.
- A yin practice is not about going to the maximum of an asana. It is about going to where feels comfortable for you, even if that may not be your maximum, and then let gravity do its job. Yin yoga is a very passive style of yoga. So let your body ease itself into the pose, and if it hurts, back off, use a block, a towel, or a pillow to prop yourself up.
Here are the 10 yoga asanas that you can incorporate into your daily practice for more flexible hip joints!