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5 Satisfying Hip Opening Stretches Your Body Wants You To Do More Often
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5 Satisfying Hip Opening Stretches Your Body Wants You To Do More Often

Release and relieve your stress in five moves or less.

Wellness

Before you dive into these delicious hip openers, I want to help you understand why focusing on your hips is vital for your overall mental and physical health. In relation to physical health, hip openers can release pressure in your lower back, improve your spine function, increase circulation, and reduce your overall stress and anxiety. Likewise, science, such as quantum physics and the study of metaphysics, has proven that humans store stress and trauma in their hips. Individuals who suffer from anxiety or depression often find hip openers, such as the ones below, help reduce their symptoms substantially. Additionally, therapists and counselors who work with trauma survivors often prescribe these postures in tandem with talk therapy and treatment.


The one caveat I must warn you of with hip openers is that if you’ve been avoiding trauma or have unresolved pain from the past it may reemerge as you work through some of these postures. That is completely normal and also a healthy part of releasing stress in your body, but if you’re not expecting it, it can come as a shock in the moment. Before you try these postures out, go into them with an open mind and give yourself grace. Make sure you focus on your breath as you navigate each one. I’d suggest a four-count inhale and a four-count exhale.

Also, if it’s helpful attach yourself to a mantra (a word or phrase) you can focus on while you’re in them. One mantra that has served me best in hip openers is, “I am open to letting go of anything that no longer serves me.” Feel free to grab a yoga mat, blanket, or towel to dive into the following postures.

Note: Hold each stretch for 30-60 seconds.

Half Pigeon

Half Pigeon Down

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Half Pigeon Up

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How To: Bring your front leg as close to a 90-degree angle as you can and extend your back leg long behind you. You can stay lifted up or fold over your front leg. (Note: if you feel any knee pain, bring your front heel closer to your back hip.) Repeat with your other leg forward.

Runner's Large

Runner's Lunge

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How To: Bring your front foot forward and wide, partially off of the mat, then bring both hands to the inside of your front leg. Extend your back leg long. You have the option to come down to your forearms here as well. Repeat with your other leg forward.

Kneeling Crescent Lunge

Kneeling Crescent Lunge

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How To: Bring your front foot forward, bend your knee 90 degrees, and ensure your front knee is in line with your hip. Extend your back leg long and reach both hands over your head. Push into your front heel and press down through your back hip. Repeat with your other leg forward.

Prone Frog

Prone Frog

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Prone Frog

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How To: Start in a tabletop position, bring your knees wider than hips distance apart, align your ankles with your knees, and flex your toes toward your knees. Push your pelvis down toward the mat and relax forward into a fold.

Malasana

Malasana

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How To: Begin in a standing position and place your feet just outside of your hips distance, pivot your toes outward, bend your knees, and keep your chest lifted. Bring your elbows in between your thighs and hands together at your heart.

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