It is believed that hip opening pose can be considered as one of the most useful postures that people even not being into yoga should know and practice daily. The article below will show you 5 yoga poses to stretch your hips.
People opening their hips daily have the better results of health examination for general thanks to its incredible benefits such as strength and agility building, emotional detox and muscles tightness release (which comes from many kinds of exercises, sports or every common physical action). In the other words, as long as your personal health performance allows you, so learn to do it and keep doing this pose as a healthy lifestyle.
Besides the undeniable gains of this posture, unfortunately, many beginners find it hard to do or do it the wrong way. It is easy to understand because people spending time with yoga all know that hip opening is an absolute challenge. Thus, many variations of the pose have been made so that newbie can easily perform and step by step, raise their levels up.
1. Thread the needle (Sucirandhrasana)
Thread the needle pose can be also well known as Sucirandhrasana. The name started from Hindu and the translation in English sounds like the visual representation of the pose. The same as many yoga postures, you will need a mat.
The rest of the pose is simple. You just lie on the mat, one leg up and hands on the femoral when the other’s ankle is over the knee. Keep on this pose for 5 to 8 breaths then repeat on the other side.
2. Modified Ankle to Knee Pose (Agnistambhasana)
This pose has many similarities to the previous one. Technically, you should do it after getting used to the first pose. When you keep stable on the first pose, you just sit upright and put two hands on the mat but further away from your hip. If you feel the stretch on the outer hip, you are doing it correctly. Stay on this for 5 to 8 breaths then switch.
3. Lotus Modified Pose
Sit upright on your mat. And then comfortably make the cross-legged position. The comfortable is the key to this pose, so you should not boost your action. Lean a little bit forward until your hand is on the mat. Then slowly put one leg in front. When the stretch comes, you keep it for 5 to 8 breaths, you can switch your two legs.
4. Crescent Lunge Pose (Anjaneyasana)
Generally, the latter posture will have the higher difficulty level. In return, you will get more gains. Therefore, the advice here should be taking a rest after 3 first poses of hip opening and only getting back when you feel ready.
The steps can be summarized as follows: Make a step forward, then down the other knee (try to lengthen the leg away from your body as far as you can). After that, lift the chest and clap your hands on the forward knee.
5. Modified Reclining Hero Pose (SuptaVirasana)
Have a sit on your left heel and put the right ankle on the left knee. Then lie down slowly. Take a walk of your left foot to the left and lower your legs to the right. The main purpose of hip opening pose is the stretch so if you feel the stretch in front of the right quadriceps, keep doing what you are doing.
Repeat it 3 to 4 more times to gains more openness. As you feel comfortable and easy with this, you are ready to move on the above levels of yoga.