Everyday we do things that cause our hips to be closed. Yes, closed.
We close our hips by sitting down, and we sit most of the days whether we are working, eating or in a meeting. Too much sitting compresses our hip flexors and limits our range of motion and is proven to contribute to lower back pain.
In Yoga, we believe that closed or tight hips can also give you negative emotions because the hips is at the center of your emotional state. We believe that in order to solve this problem of having closed hips and to get rid of the negative emotions, we need to allow energy to move through the hips by doing specific exercises.
These poses will help to loosen your hip and give you a sense of relief from those negative emotions built up over time.
Here is a simple 5 pose sequence that we recommend to open your hips.
1. The Child’s Pose
2. Upward Facing Dog Pose
3. The Downward Facing Dog Pose
5. Crecent Lunge Pose
Do these exerceises slowly, inhaling before each pose and hold each pose for 30-60 seconds. This sequence is designed to be a quick fix between a busy day or before the start of your workout. You can do this before work or after a long day at the office, between your actual workouts to keep your hips open and your emotions in check.