Everyone I know in the yoga world is totally
obsessed with opening up their hips.
I've got one friend who sits in full lotus at the movie
theater and doesn't allow himself to release his
legs until the credits role.
It sort of is. But I understand 'cause my hips used
to be so locked-up that it HURT just to sit on the
I distinctly remember being at a nutrition lecture
in 2002, sitting school-style on the floor for about
30-minutes straight, and both my legs went completely
... and I was dripping with sweet because that was
a huge hip stretch for me--just sitting on my arse!
So yeah, it's sorta stupid to get obsessed over tight
hips, but if it's time to change your body, I'm all for
doing whatever it takes.
For massive flexibility gains, I usually teach passive
stretching (I call them Gravity Poses). But particularly
for tight hips, there are a couple standing postures
that work wonders.
SECRET HIP OPENER #1: Warrior I Posture
This pose is taught in almost every yoga class, but
usually you just cruise through it. I like to use a
clock and hold it steady for 3-5 minutes per side
(Iyengar flashbacks, anyone?). Try it and your hips
will get incredibly soft and limber.
SECRET HIP OPENER #2: Crescent Lunge
Same idea, but take your back heal off the ground.
I like to alternate static holds between Warrior I
and Crescent Lunge until my hips are REALLY loose,
and then I'll do some classic hip openers like a
butterfly or king pigeon.
Your hips are massive joints with gobs of connective
tissue that you need to train, stretch, and release.
So be patient!
PLEASE NOTE: in both these postures, keep your front
ankle in-line with (or in front of) your front knee for
safety. That's all for today...
Owner and Lead Personal Trainer at Perfect Fit Wellness Center.