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.
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)