Our hips are the central axis point of our body and are the bridge between the upper and lower body. Tight hips can be painful and also cause pain for the lower back and knees. Sitting for long hours can cause loss of mobility in the pelvic region. Keep your hips open and healthy by spending a bit of time practicing a few simple Yoga asanas (poses).
Baddha Konasana – Sit on the floor upright, using a wall to sit against if your hips are especially tight. Bring the feet together in front of you with the knees open. Rest this way with a meditative breath for 1-3 minutes. This pose can also be done in a supine manner, resting on your back.
Seated Pigeon Pose (Kapotanasna) – Seated on the edge of a firm chair or on the floor, cross one ankle just above the opposite knee. Try to keep the crossed knee foot in flexion and the spine long. Relax into your breath and enjoy this pose for 1 minute per side.
Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose) – Sitting on the floor on a firm chair place the sole of the right foot just in front of the right hip. Take the right arm behind you and then wrap the left arm around the right knee or beyond the thigh as you breath and rotate your torso to the right. Stay here about 1 minute per side breathing deeply.
These are just a few ways to access the hips. Remember the hips are designed as a joint of great mobility and variable directions for motion. It is important to exercise all of these options on a regular basis to maintain range of motion and comfort of movement.
WOTV 4 Wellness Expert Michele Fife