Hip Openers = one of my favorite reasons for practicing yoga asana 🙂 I don’t know why anyone would dread hip openers. I like them so much I often sit cross-legged (lotus or half lotus) in my chair at work. This is a short, but sweet hip opening sequence from Yoga Journal’s Live Mag channel. I just completed it, and feel very, very good. A nice sequence when you only have 20 minutes.
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Supple hips can ease back pain, give you a more agile gait, and may improve circulation in your legs. But there’s more, says San Francisco yoga teacher Stephanie Snyder. Like the junk drawer your house, the hips are where negative emotions, such as stress, fear, and sadness are energetically held. By doing hip-opening poses like Lunges, Pigeon Pose, Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose), Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose) and others, you free up that space for prana (life force) to move through your pelvis—and to clear out the emotional junk.