When we’re sitting all day at a desk it’s only inevitable that our hips get tight, and if you want to avoid problems when you’re older and perhaps get more flexible with your yoga poses, you need to do these workouts for tight hips! As always you can do them at home, all you’ll need is a yoga mat and a desire to try!
Open Lizard Pose (hold for 30 seconds)
Start in Downward-Facing Dog (everyone knows that one), while you exhale, step your right foot forwards to the outside of your right hand, both of your arms should be to the left of your right leg.
Lower your left knee down, make sure your right knee isn’t moving past your right ankle and that your weight is evenly distributed. Lower down onto your forearms but don’t let your head drop – step back into Downward-Facing dog after 30 seconds and then repeat with your left leg!
Extended wide squat
For this pose, you need to squat girl! Make this squat as wide as possible, but also release your hands to the floor, palms down and relax for a few deep breaths, push yourself for as long as it’s comfortable and each time hold it for a little bit longer.
Head to knee
Sit with your legs out in front of you, bend your left leg, tucking it in so that the bottom of your left foot is touching your right thigh, reach forward and try to grab your right foot while keeping your leg straight. Hold for 5 deep breaths and swap legs. Don’t worry if you can’t quite reach your foot, the more you do these exercises the more flexible you’ll become.
Cow Face Pose
Start in a sitting pose and swing your left leg over to the right so your left knee is resting on top of the right one. Bring your left arm behind your back with a bent elbow and rest it on your spine with your fingers pointing downwards, then attempt to meet it and interlock your fingers with the right one. Hold for 30 seconds, release your arms, uncross your legs and repeat on the other side!
To finish your hip opening routine, sit in a cross-legged position, rest your hands on your knees, relax your hips, knees, shoulders and face and remain in this position for as long as possible. Close your eyes and try to imagine your breaths filling your newly stretched hips.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]