Yoga recognizes Spring time to be the season of renewing, a time when we clean, shed and leave behind the winter layers, our home practice becomes heated as we integrate more twists and standing asanas to aid in the benefits of elimination and the so called detoxification process.
Well I was feeling a little sassy and thought I would move our Spring time drishti (soft Yogi gaze/focus) to our hips, firstly I would like to say that almost every Yoga pose is practically a hip opener so I have chosen a handful of my everyday favorites to share with you guys!
Since we are in the season of detox, we generally seem to bring our attention to a eat better and move more attitude, but what about our emotions? Well the hips are often known for being the storage unit of our juicy vulnerability, a place where sadness, stress and financial anxieties camp out, sounds rather confronting right? So no wonder we often find ourselves feeling a little squeamish when we spend more than a few breathes in Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (aka Pigeon), hip openers require a softening and surrender approach and plenty of ocean sound breathing known as Ujjayi.
At first you may find a little resistance to “opening” the hips , yes the mind will desperately try to keep you busy by constant mindless chatter possibly even plot its escape, but rest assured you eventually fall in love with the release and lightness that remains.
Like I said earlier these poses that I share with you are ones that are in my almost every day practice, though I often find how long I stay in the actual pose varies day to day, depending on my courage and patience. I encourage you always to go slow and never move past pain. A practice of self love, honor and body wisdom is the key to enjoying a healthy balanced Yoga practice.
Sending You all loads of happy hip love ..
Your traveling Yoga friend Amanda xo
P.s if you would like to know more about the proper alignment to any of these poses please contact and seek guidance from a certified yoga teacher.