“Hip Openers” has become a catch-phrase to describe yoga poses that increase range of motion in the hip joint, widely offered therapeutically for lower back issues. But do you really just need a more mobile hip joint?
While it’s true for some that increased external rotation will relieve stiffness in the lumbar spine and aid in overall extension, it’s also true that over lengthened hamstrings, hip flexors, and external rotators can weaken stability. So what’s a practitioner to do?
Since the hip joint is supported by muscles on all sides: the quads, hamstrings, adductors, glutes, and deep rotators, increasing the range of motion in the hip joint involves an intelligent and comprehensive approach.
In our 2 hour workshop we’ll lay out a map of the hip, target each section, and practice basic-to-intermediate “hip opener” poses. Learning to balance the use of all muscle groups while honoring the natural structure of your body will enhance your practice for years to come.
In our time together you’ll learn:
- Basic anatomy of the hips, and muscle groups that support movement
- Poses that target balanced action for stability and flexibility
- How to recognize your structural limits and proclivities for movement
- How to practice basic “hip opener” poses safely, deeply, and even therapeutically
Yogaworks Soho: 459 Broadway, 2nd Floor | $50 before Feb 16th, $55 after | Register here