YOU GUYS I’M SORRY.
I DITCHED YOU YESTERDAY BUT I’M BACK NOW!
and with the winning combination of a long plane ride and, well, being pregnant, my hip joints are absolutely killing me. even though I spent a lot of yesterday
shopping walking and re-exploring the good old southern maryland stomping grounds, my tight hips are still giving me a hard time.
so, I figure, why not share with you some of my favorite remedies for those sore and tight hips… three of my go-to yoga poses!
here are some things to keep in mind while practicing these postures:
– discomfort is okay. pain is NOT. stop if you’re feeling pain!
– make sure to stretch BOTH hips… that means doing each pose twice, once on each side
– breathe steadily throughout the duration of the pose, from entering into it, until you have completely left it
– it’s 100% normal for one side to be tighter than the other. don’t force it!
ready to feel so much better?!
let’s do this!
**DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor! always listen to your doctor. I claim no liability for any injury which occurs while practicing these poses.**
three yoga poses for tight hips
begin in a simple aligned standing position, or mountain pose. step your right foot forward into a lunge and bring your left knee to rest on the ground. make sure your right knee is stacked over the ankle. bring your hands down to the floor near the inside of the right foot. begin to stretch out you back left leg slowly, straightening it out behind you. you should feel a strong stretch in the front of your thigh/hip joint. for a deeper stretch, bring the forearms down to the ground, and lean your knee to the outside.
LOTUS POSE VARIATION
Begin in simple seated position, half lotus, or full lotus. remember if you are in half or full lotus to keep your feet flexed in protection of your ankle joints. walk your hands forward and lift the tailbone. begin to press forward and down through the pelvis & up and back through the shoulders in a gentle backbend. the stretch should be felt across the front of the pelvis and through the front of the thighs and hip joints.
begin in a tabletop position (all fours) and slowly walk your knees out to the sides. maintain a straight line from shoulders to tail as you breathe into the stretch. rest your forearms on the ground and press through the pelvis to deepen. you should feel this stretch in your inner thighs and deep hip joint.
happy yoga-ing, friends!