Techniques- Hip Stability

Techniques- Hip Stability

Stable Hips
Are your hips stiff?
Are your hips loose?
Do you have discomfort in your hips?
Often we find that we are one or the other. Stability is a balance of strength and flexibility. The hips are a storage depot that can hold toxic energy from food, movement or emotional trauma. The key is to release them from compression or strengthen them away from laxity, so that pranayama can move freely though this gateway between the upper and lower body. Depending on how you stand, run or sit; the placement of the pelvis in relation to legs or spine, we may have a lost in translation happening in the body affecting the hips.
Technique: Place a strap (belt or scarf) around the upper shins just below the knees. Allow for a few inches space between the feet. Gently put pressure of the shins into the strap and notice how when the movement is limited by the strap the upper thighs move apart slightly. Hold for a few breaths then pause and observe the feeling in the knees, hips and back.
The common experience will be freeing up the SI joints, decreased pressure in the low back, and tone on the outer hips. In a yoga pose think of the feet firmly planted, the shins staying over the ankles, and the inner thighs broadening apart. Poses practiced this way with continue the stability process. Perfect for after long trips in the car or airplane… ENJOY!!
Tell us how the technique feels to you?????
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