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Asanas for Opening Hips

shoney452010-07-04 23:26:57 +0000 #1
What are folks best suggestions for asanas to work on that can help me to open up my hips more and more. Thanks and ciao for now.

shoney452010-07-04 23:39:08 +0000 #2
No ideas eh?
sarahy2010-07-05 00:09:39 +0000 #3
sorry- i know a few but not the proper name for them.

1. groin stretch or butterfly ( Stretches - Butterfly Stretch: )

2. pigeon pose ( Yoga Journal : Poses : Backbends: ) the woman in this picture is doing the more difficult position, when you start the lower leg should be closer in under the body.

3. 'log-stacking' pose as i hear rodney yee describe it, it's like sitting cross-legged only your ankle is on your other knee, so your lower legs are stacked on top of each other. as you get better at this you can begin to lean out over your stacked legs using your hands as support. i don't think this is a yoga pose. (can't find a link to a picture, i think this position was made up by rodney yee)

4. cow face pose, ( Yoga Journal : Poses : Seated & Twists: ignore what this woman is doing with her arms, it's the bottom part that's the hip opener) leaning forward as you become more able, then also twisting and bending forward to each side.

5. lying in savasana, putting your heels together (again like the butterfly) and just relaxing, the knees will slowly start to drop.

these are the ones i was recommended by an ashtanga teacher recently.

that should get you started.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 23:47:47 +0000 #4
Actually too many ideas.

The hip series' are complicated, just as the hip complex is complicatd and, over time, I'm a little weary from trying to impart them over internet text. So I need a rest from that. I'll chime in to these sorts of things as my energy allows.

That having been said...

supta padangusthasana

parivrtta supta padangusthasana

parsva supta padangusthasana

interal rotation

external rotation

eka pada supta virasana

Find a Purna Yoga teacher.
xela2010-07-05 00:46:31 +0000 #5
My favorite is ankle to Foot pose. I can't remember the sanskrit name. Below is a pic I found on google.

I also love pigeon.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 00:52:45 +0000 #6
Ankle to foot????

LOL. Thank you. I really needed that.
xela2010-07-05 02:07:44 +0000 #7

Originally Posted by InnerAthlete

Ankle to foot????

LOL. Thank you. I really needed that.

So glad I gave you a laugh. Do you know the "proper" name?
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 02:13:21 +0000 #8
nope I don't know a proper name for this one. I thought you might have meant "ankle to knee" and that's what pushed me to chortle.

Bet it's Janu something or other.
xela2010-07-05 02:44:57 +0000 #9
That's actually what I've always called it, but I could only find a pic under the other name, so I thought I might have been wrong.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 03:28:21 +0000 #10
Ankle to foot?

Really. Hehehe. Hopefully I'm laughing "with" you.

How the heck is it "ankle to foot"?
xela2010-07-05 03:51:41 +0000 #11

Originally Posted by InnerAthlete

Ankle to foot?

Really. Hehehe. Hopefully I'm laughing "with" you.

How the heck is it "ankle to foot"?

I certainly hope you're laughing with me as well! hahahaha

I've got to find the sanskrit name...they always sound much better anyway.
sarahy2010-07-05 02:30:42 +0000 #12
that's the one i heard on the rodney yee dvd as being the 'log-stacking pose' which i don't like, it sounds like i should take the form of a log cabin.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 00:06:03 +0000 #13
I'm still trying to figure out how to get my ankle to my foot since it's already there. LOL. Much needed levity.



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