7 Must-Take Poses For Happy Hips

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The hips. They can be our best friend or our worst enemy. And, we're all guilty of sitting too much every day.
Did you know that the longer we sit, the tighter our hips, and the more low back pain we experience.

To ease up all the tensions of  the hips is through yoga. And the more open and stable your hips, the better your body has for strength, sense of balance, and power. So, take a look at these yoga poses and breathe into them!

Your tight hips will soon feel more open, relaxed, and happy.

GARLAND

This pose helps to open the hips and increase flexibility in your ankles as well. Plus, It enhances the circulation of blood and ensures a good stretch in your hips and thighs. So, to open up the hips more, lower yourself down to a squatting position with the palms of your hands touching each other as if they are opposing magnets. Elbows and hands should be use to spread the knees further apart. 

GODDESS

This pose is great for hips as well as the thighs and the butt! Slowly sink down, step the feet 3-4 feet apart, and try to get your knees as close to a 90-degree angle as possible. Tuck the tailbone and push it forward to let you feel it in your hips. Let this pose remind you that you're completely in charge of your own happiness.

CRESCENT LUNGE

This is one of the best poses to open up the hips. Try to keep your front leg bent as close to a 90-degree angle as possible.  For the foot of the outstretched leg, it can be flat on the ground or with the toes curled under as pictured.

Sink deeper into this stretch to increase the stretch in the hips.  You can also point your hands towards the ceiling for an extra stretch in the shoulders and back. Back bends, like crescent, are proven to release endorphins. 

CAMEL

This pose clearly opens your pectoral muscles and hip flexors. It also tones all the limbs, especially the thighs. To do this pose, Sit in Vajrasana. Lift your hips and raise your body such that the hip muscles and calf muscles are perpendicular. Open up your chest and lean back as you reach your arms for your feet, making sure your arms are stretched out. Gently hang your head as you gaze at the back.

PIGEON

This pose helps to stretch the muscles in the front of the hips and the outside of the hips. Bend your left knee in front of you as you slide your right leg straight out behind you.  The goal is to eventually be able to comfortably sit in this pose with the front leg bent at a complete 90-degree angle.  To bring the stretch more into the outside of your left hip, slowly lower the chest down towards the floor.  Place your head on the ground or on your hands in front of you.

FROG

This pose is pretty intense, so make sure you don’t suffer any injuries in your knees or ankles. To get into the pose, slowly and gently, widen your knees until you feel a comfortable stretch in your inner thighs. Be sure to keep your ankles in line with your knees, and your feet and calves grounded the entire time. If you’re able to, lower down to your forearms. 

HAPPY BABY

This pose is one of the best pose in yoga for hips and thighs. It works on opening up your hip joint and all the inner thigh muscles. The best part about this pose is that while you are in it, you can guide the stretching and find what feels good.
Lie flat on your back and lift your legs off the floor, bending them at the knees. Stretch your arms out and hold the arches of your feet. Stretch your legs out using the support of your hands. Release and relax.

Taking time each day to stretch out your hips can help counteract the hours you spend sitting. These poses might do the trick to help your hips. It will took countless times with your mat but it will all be worth it at the end. So keep your hips happy in the go. Indulge in yoga and have fun as you strengthen your hips. Take the time and your life will be better for it.

 

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