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Published on October 18th, 2016 | by Catherine Tingey

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5 SAFE HIP OPENERS

Five Safe Hip Openers

There is a lot of emphasis on hip opening in yoga. Sometimes too much.

It’s a dirty little secret in the yoga world that many advanced practitioners have had hip replacement surgeries. No one likes to talk about this.

If you have worked with me, you know that I’m a conservative teacher and always advocate a balance of STRENGTH and FLEXIBILITY.

Hypermobility without the support of strong musculature = injury.

Remember: the goal is always a balance between STRENGTH and FLEXIBILITY.

But why are hip openers so popular in modern yoga and what benefits do these poses offer us?

In general, most clients find some degree of ‘release’ in hip opening postures, particularly reclining ones. According to yogic tradition, the hips are gateways to the emotional body, and general feelings of ‘letting go’ can be experienced in some or many of these postures.

Tight hips can also pull on the lumbar spine (low back) and contribute to lower back pain. Tight gluteal muscles and hamstrings are also a major contributor to low back pain.

Here are my top 5 Safe (and gentle) Hip Openers:

WARRIOR II

Five Safe Hip Openers Private Yoga Santa Monica Brentwood Pacific Palisades Bel Air Venice

WARRIOR II

 

 

 

 

 

 

COW FACE LEGS

Five Safe Hip Openers Private Yoga Santa Monica Brentwood Pacific Palisades Bel Air Venice

COW FACE LEGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECLINED PIGEON

Five Safe Hip Openers Private Yoga Santa Monica Brentwood Pacific Palisades Bel Air Venice

RECLINED PIGEON

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOW LUNGE

Five Safe Hip Openers Private Yoga Santa Monica Brentwood Pacific Palisades Bel Air Venice

LOW LUNGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOGA SQUAT

Five Safe Hip Openers Private Yoga Santa Moncia Brentwood Pacific Palisades Bel Air Venice

YOGA SQUAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.



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