Student question: Why do I need to practice hip openers?

Hip opening poses have numerous benefits. They are wonderful for relieving unwanted stress, calming the nervous system, combating fatigue, as well as bringing positive emotional and energetic effects. They prepare a mother’s body for childbirth.

They are important to practice if you sit at a desk all day. Long hours of sitting cause the hip flexors to shorten limiting our ability to extend and possibly affecting the pelvic position and the lower back.

These poses not only open the hip joints, but also help align the pelvis and the sacrum. Students who practice hip openers can immediately experience tangible physical benefits such as greater freedom in their lower back and hips. When the hips are open the sacrum and pelvis are better aligned, you can walk, sit, and move around with more ease and comfort. In addition, opening the hips takes excessive pressure off the knee joints.

Each hip opening posture has its own benefits.

Additional Benefits:
They relieve sciatic and arthritic pain, improve digestion and elimination (example: Utthita Parsvakonasana).

They prevent hernias, keep the ovaries, testicles, kidneys and prostate healthy, open blocked fallopian tubes (example: Baddha Konasana).

They keep the reproductive organs healthy, correct misalignment of the hip joints, decrease the development of uterine fibroids and other diseases of the abdominal organs. They also strengthen the pelvic muscles, tone the internal organs and create elasticity in the hamstrings and inner thighs. (example: Supta Padangustasana II)

About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta Dell'Anno E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer Owner EssentialYoga Studio. Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and teaching yoga since 2004. She has studied extensively under master yoga teachers Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Zoë Stewart, Sri Arun H.S., Elise Browning Miller, and others. She completed a two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Peentz Dubble in June 2017 and continues her weekly studies with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Manju Vachher. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's 2-week intensive in Pune, India, December 2016. She completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as a 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor in 2014, completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center in 2005 and is registered with Yoga Alliance as a E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. The studio provides individual & specialized privates, semi-privates, group private sessions, and yoga workshops. Roberta conducts local and out of town workshops specializing in prop use. She uses props to help students and teachers transform their backbends, twists, standing and seated postures, as well as inversions like sarvangasana (shoulderstand). She also works with individuals who have physical challenges, specifically individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, CMT, Parkinson's Disease, scoliosis, and amputees in private, semi-private and group sessions.​​
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