Hip Openers.

It may be news to some that we carry stress and negative emotion/energy in our hips and pelvis.

When this energy is kept within the body it can cause pain and discomfort. The next time you're feeling stressed take notice to the tight places in your body. Your hips are most likely one of those places.

Because of this it is important that we do poses that move prana (life force) through this area so that we can release this built up tension.

Insert hip openers.

One of my favorite group of stretches because once you stretch out this area and open up your hips you feel such a release, so much looser and free-er ;).

Here are 4 of my favorite hip openers. Try some today and see how it helps!

1. Pigeon Pose

Starting from downward dog, lift your right leg into the air and then pull it through so that your right foot meets your left hand. Lay your right knee flat so that your leg is bent in a 90deg angle parallel to the top of your mat. Extend your left leg back, lift your chest and reach upward through the crown of your head. 

Switch legs and do this on both sides.

2. Double Pigeon

Double pigeon or "stacked knees" is another good one. It can be pretty intense so make sure you listen to your body and stop when you need to.

In a seated position, bend your right knee and bring your leg in front of you at a 90deg angle. Next, bring your left leg and stack it on top so that your left foot is over your right knee. Keep your feet flexed and while leaning back on your hands slowly press your left knee down on top of your right foot until you feel a stretch but no pain.

Switch legs and do this on both sides.

3. Butterfly

Find a comfortable seat on your mat. Bring the soles of your feet together and bring them towards you. While leaning back on your hands allow gravity to slowly let your knees fall toward the ground until you feel a stretch but no pain.

4. Thread the needle

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While laying on your back, lift and bend your left knee and gently place your right foot on top so that it stacks. Reach through and clasp your hands around your left shin and gently pull downward until you feel a stretch in your your outer right hip. 

Switch legs and do the other side.

What is your favorite hip opener?

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