Visual Yoga Blog: The Lazy Hip Joint Opener

Visual Yoga Blog: The Lazy Hip Joint Opener

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Yoga poses that require little effort to accomplish their purpose are near and dear to my heart.

And so was born a fairly deep hip joint stretch that you could do, well, even before getting out of bed in the morning. To wit:

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1. Lie on your back with your knees bent. If you’ve got a couple of yoga blogs (or their equivalent), put them under your feet. Stay here for 4 full, slow breaths.

 

 

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2. Cross your left ankle on top of your right knee as shown.

 

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3.Press your left hand onto your left thigh. In other words, push the thigh/knee away from your trunk. Stay here for 4 very slow breaths.

 

 

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4. Grab your left ankle, and this time pull it in toward your chest. You can either hold this position here, breathing slowly 5 breaths, and go no further than this step… or, if there’s a little more range of motion available, continue from here to step 5.

 

 

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5. Wrap your right elbow around the left foot and the left elbow around the knee, as pictured, and stay for 5 slow, long breaths and then repeat on the other side. Here’s a different angle on this last step:

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Benefits: A hip joint opener that you could do even in your sleep. (Marital counseling not included in these benefits.)

Avoid if: Your lumbar spine or your hip joint hurts while in the position. First, the allusion of doing this before getting out of bed was tongue-in-cheek; you do want a flat, hard surface on which to do this. If going up to step 4 is doable without pain, try that approach; if pain or discomfort persists, you might want to just stay with step 1 and stay longer there, as it’s both fairly safe and fairly relaxing for the lumbar spine.

Final thoughts: I don’t just have lazy yoga poses to offer you, although my repertoire is getting larger by the day. But I do notice that my classes that feature lazy yoga poses have grown prodigiously through the years and find a consistently appreciative audience. Now, in the old days, people wanted to be the fastest gun in the West. I think given my track record, I’m a good candidate for laziest yogi in the West.

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