February Practice: Hip Opening

February is the heart day but we will focus our practice on HIP OPENING

Everyone has to pick up groceries, or walk up stairs, do sports or perform any number of mundane tasks requiring the use of hip joints and hip muscle. If those joints and muscles are going to be useful, they have to be mobile. They need a full range of motion.

Each of your hip joints gives you a lot of stability because it needs to carry your body weight. But the ball-and-socket anatomy also gives you the ability to rotate and to move forward but not backward. One of the foundations of your body, the hip joint is a place where many different muscles and tendons attach like your hip flexor.

The hip flexor is a group of muscles that attach your femur, or thigh bone, to your pelvis and lumbar spine. Hip flexors are the entire stability system for you lower body, so exercising and stretching them on a regular basis is to your advantage. Whether you want to shake it at a salsa club, go for a bike ride, swim or even just remain independent and mobile, your hip flexors do much of the work.The hip flexor allows you to raise your legs toward your torso. The muscles of the hip flexor are also responsible for keeping your hips and lower back strong, flexible and properly aligned.

Disadvantages of having a Poor Hip Flexor

If your hip flexors are overdeveloped, tight, stiff or short, you'll suffer from lower back pain and hip pain. if your hip flexor is too weak you'll suffer from poor balance and postural problems. You may have problems with your hip joints and frequent misalignment in your lumbar spine. You'll have trouble standing and walking for long periods of time, and you may have problems with your gait.

Regaining whats lost

“Regaining,” because we are born with joint mobility. Ever watch children play? They’re bendy, flexible little sprites with perfect squat and deadlift form. And they don’t need formal training to get there! Attainment of joint mobility, then, is regaining what was lost, not inventing something new
For people in a sedentary society, daily hip flexor stretches are important to help counterbalance the prolonged hip flexion of sitting for hours. They are also an important preparation for backbends, allowing the hips to extend fully so we can avoid compression in the lower back.

So this months practice is focused on poses that opens and stretches our hip muscles and move our hip joints. Challenge Pose of the Month: Firefly pose and headstand variation for those who can. A FRIENDLY REMINDER: Make it a habit to practice yoga everyday or at least 3 times a week. If for some reason you cannot join a yoga class in a studio, then take your practice at home. Doing 5 sun salutations A and 5 sun salutation B (about 10 minutes) is enough to keep your body tuned. Make this part of your daily routine like brushing your teeth. Practicing daily at home is an essential step toward deepening one`s experience, because the motivation to practice alone can be difficult to sustain, home practice says a lot about an individual's strong motivation and high level of commitment.

Note: Regular fee is 30 CHF for non-members 25 CHF for members of this meet up group

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  • Roger F.

    Hi Blanche, I am back to Zurich, so will try to join next yoga session next week. All the best, Roger

    February 12, 2014

    • Blanche L.

      Welcome back! Hope to see you on the mat :)

      February 12, 2014

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