Do you ever have lower back pain and couldn’t explain why? Or find that when you are walking your body favors one side over the other? Or if you sit with your legs crossed, one leg goes to sleep? These all are most likely attributed to the dysfunction or imbalance of the hips.
1 | Hips are the support system for our whole body
Hips are the support system for our whole bodyOur hips are the largest ball and socket joint in the body and the muscles (which support the pelvic and upper skeletal system ) are are some of the most powerful, which assists its 6 multi-axial movements affecting every aspect of the body’s abilities. These movements are:
- Flexion (Movement of thigh forwards)
- Extension (Movement of the thigh backwards)
- Adduction (Moving the thigh inside)
- Abduction (Moving the thigh outside)
- Medial Rotation (Rotating the thigh inwards)
- External Rotation (Rotating the thigh outwards)
When hips are open, there is more range of movement, better circulation, and more support for the muscles of the back and the spine. So, it’s essential that we work on keeping this area of the body as healthy as possible.
2 | Hip openers release emotions and promote hip mobility
So here is another thought to ponder, in the western world, our lifestyles of “go, go, go, do the most, high stress, and do more not less”, we have the highest occurrences of hip replacement?! I believe, the reason being our hips are the depositories of our negative emotions which includes stress, sadness, anxiety, grief, guilt and more…. it’s the container that holds all of our emotions, present and past. Stretching and strengthening these muscles that are directly connected to our stress response, will change our whole overall ability to move.One muscle in particular, the psoas, is a muscle that attaches the lumbar spine to the femur bone, and is triggered when we feel stress. Therefore opening the hips gives us access to freedom in the body …. creatively, physically, sexually, and spiritually. Keeping this area supple and free is the key, otherwise emotions reside here and manifest into some common CHRONIC conditions such as……
- General tightness, lack of motion or mobility
- Pain and discomfort from wear and tear in the ball and socket
- Instability in walking
- Muscular weakness and injury to the muscles, tendons and ligaments around the hip area.
3 | Helps deter hip injury and possibly prevent surgery
Practicing hip openers have the potential of decreasing some hip injuries and/or diminishing some genetic issues that would normally increase imbalances as they can help release the stress and tightness increasing our ability to aid in our recovery. Understanding this is so important because it helps us to motivate ourselves toward specific movement which helps lubricate the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
4| Perpetuates our creativity and openness to new possibilities
Energetically, the hips are associated with the sacral chakra, or our creative center. If you think about it, the hips are what hold and support the reproductive organs–the organs of creation. So when we focus on this area in the body, we help to unlock this creative center and allow it to thrive
At LiveURYoga, we want you to grow safely in your practice and we are taking a more proactive approach to providing a structured growth opportunity for all who come. Each month in our Foundations classes we will have a focus of movement or philosophy to ensure we are growing as a community (Sangha). We will offer specific instruction on our focused subject and of course provide a flow of movement to educate you within the class.