When I lived in San Francisco, I took a vinyasa class from a well-known instructor there, Stephanie Snyder. She explained the importance of hip opener stretches metaphorically: calling our pelvis the “emotional junk drawer of the body that stores all of our emotional crap.”
I like this metaphor she used in class, which if taken one step further: how GREAT does it feel to clear out that junk drawer? Opening up your hips feels that same way.
First, a vocabulary reference for anatomical terms of motion:
Extension vs. Flexion
Flexion– any movement that pulls the limb forward
Extension– any movement that brings the limb toward the posterior part of body
Abduction vs. Adduction
Abduction– motion away from the body
Adduction– motion toward the body
Internal Rotation vs. External Rotation
Internal Rotation– rotation toward the center of the body
External Rotation– rotation away from the midline
Your hips can do all of these movements. Finding different poses to balance these motions is important for “clearing the junk drawer” best.
Listed below are hip openers I recommend trying: [Read more…] about Standing Hip Opener Stretches