Hips – they don’t lie! Do you feel tight in your hips? Ask yourself:
- Can I sit comfortably cross legged on the floor?
- Can I sit in a chair and cross one ankle over the opposite thigh, keeping my back straight?
The hip joint is a ball and socket joint, and should be able to move in all directions. Most of us who have tight hips find sitting cross legged uncomfortable or impossible. Many chalk it up to old age but this isn’t true! Just like strength, flexibility comes with practice and is an ongoing journey. It is incredibly important for injury prevention. I really like to use the slip and fall example – if you suddenly slip and fall you’re more likely to recover quickly or reduce/prevent injury because your body has been stretched that way before. One of the many many reason why YOGA is so good for us!
This 25 min hip flow targets all muscles layers of the hip (there are several!!). It may feel difficult the first few times, especially if you are particularly tight in the hips. Repeat it daily for a week and stick with it, you will be surprised at how your body responds and how good it feels to open up those hips.