Best Yoga Pose To Stretch Out Your Hips
As we grow older, inevitably we begin to lose some of our initial flexibility and youthful vigor. Where before we could spring from the bed to greet the day, now we slowly climb out, groaning and grumbling at aches and pains in our backs and everywhere else. One of the toughest joints to keep limber however are our hips, as the vast network of muscles that web our pelvic cradle can grow tight and constricting over time, so that everything from bending over to sitting cross legged can become not just a chore but downright impossible. In order to stave off such inflexibility, one should practice a discipline such as yoga, which keeps our bodies young and limber through it movements. Today's article is going to highlight the very best yoga move to keep your hips limber, so read on for more!
This position is a challenging one, and at first you may have difficulty entering it. However, it is hands down the best yoga move for opening up your hips, so give it a go. This position is known as Pigeon, a quiet and unassuming name, and it will stretch out each hip one at a time.
To enter Pigeon, begin in a push up position. You can also begin on all fours if that is easiest. What you want to accomplish is to place one leg beneath your chest. Begin with the right leg. You want to bring your right foot up and to the left side of your mat, while opening up your knee so that it swings out to the left side of your mat, your shin now being parallel to the front of your mat. Keep your left leg extended and straight before you.
Once your right leg is in place, you are going to slowly lean forward. The further forward you lean, the more you are going to open up your right hip. At first you may be only able to place your hands on the ground, forced to stay erect by how tight your hips are. But as your joint softens and grows more flexible over time, you should be able to lower to your forearms, and eventually lie down completely, chest upon the ground.
Remember, breathing is key here, and you want to go easy on your hip at first. Pigeon is a very intense position, and it should do wonders for your flexibility.