Tight hips can cause various issues, including:
- Poor Balance and Posture – The front of the hips, the hip flexor, is a major stabilizer of the pelvis. Therefore, if the hip flexors are weakened, it can lead to imbalance and poor body posture.
- Muscle Imbalances – The extended periods of sitting shorten and tighten the hip flexors. In a sitting position, the glutes and the hip extensors are being overstretched, but they are also weakened as not all muscle groups are used.
- Back Pain – The tight hip flexors and the overstretched muscles will force the pelvis to be pushed forward, unnaturally tilted, and thus pull the muscles of the lower back.
- Low Lunge
The abdominal muscles should be constantly engaged. For an enhanced effect, reach the arms overhead, and lean forward a bit. Make sure you do not to arch the lower back. Hold for 3half a minute and repeat on the opposite side.
- Crescent Lunge
- Happy Baby Pose
- Frog Pose
- Thread the Needle Pose
Then, pull the left knee towards the chest, and thus threading the right hand between the legs. The clasped hands should be underneath the left knee, while the right one is open in order to stretch the hip. Breathe deeply and remain thus for half a minute.
- Butterfly Pose
- Half Pigeon Pose
Then, gradually lower the back knee and shin to the floor. Then, square the hips to the mat’s front. For a deeper stretch, lower down to the forearms. Hold for half a minute and repeat on the other side. In case you experience pain or discomfort while doing this stretch, you should only do Thread the Needle.
- Double Pigeon Pose
These stretching yoga poses can significantly improve the flexibility of your hips and support their health, and your hips and legs will be much stronger.
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