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A bit of an obsession?-
Hip opening seems to be ‘all the rage’ in yoga. How do you do it and well? Without damaging very important structures and get the freedom you need for your everyday movement and your yoga practice.
So here the tips for you how getting more flexible in your hips is WAY MORE than the stuff of dancers or martial artists – In fact, it’s something we should all be working on.
Are you stiff? Maybe it’s from:
* Taking part in sports which demand rigidity in your hip area.
* Being in a marching band or in the armed forces.
* A job where you are required to be seated a great deal of the day?
* Just being a man who has little movement around the hips, because after all, swinging your hips around can be considered very feminine. This can explain why so many men are rigid in this area.
Why is “opening the hips” so important?
Did you know that tight hips can mean that you get tired from walking? Sounds odd, I know, but tight hips forces you to use your heels to pull yourself forward and your body has to work harder to catch up with the forward movement.
Loosening up your hips is MUCH MORE than just wanting to go further into your yoga poses. It doesn’t matter what the reason for being tight-hipped is, making more movement there WILL IMPROVE:
* Your everyday movements;
* Your ability to walk effectively; and
* Your ability to even bend forward from the hips to retrieve something from a table or a bench.
It’s kind of tricky but you have a way of moving your body that you’ve developed over the years: it’s now your habitual way of moving. Which means you don’t think about it? You just walk, stand, sit or whatever, right? If you’ve got hip issues then you’ve either had some underlying hardware issue (!) that your body has worked around so you can function, or somehow your habits of movement (or even how you stand habitually) have created imbalance and therefore tightness in that area.
For example the imbalance is causing an oh-so-common problem in joint stabilization which means you’re having problems in your legs and back.
It could mean you have unknowingly created a system of weak abdominal muscles and weak hamstrings ‘balanced’ by tight back extensors and tight hip flexors.
The opposite can happen too: tight abdominal muscles and hamstrings, and stretchy back extensors and weak hip flexors.
Whatever your problem, the aim is to re-establish optimal hip range of motion and olio-sacral alignment, and while you’re at it, put your pelvis back in optimum position.
OK so now for a tiny, weeny bit of anatomy.
You can move your femur (leg) in many directions because at the top of the femur there is a ping pong ball sized knob around which the hip and leg move.
So many people have issues here.
>> The hips form a major part of the pelvis, the rest being the sacrum and the coccyx and lower parts of the spinal column.
>> The hollow ring part of the pelvis is formed by the pubic symphysis (where it joins front and center) the sacrum and your SI joints.
Contrary to popular belief, the pelvis does in fact have a moving bit!
You have the SI (sacroiliac) joint which is vital for comfort and movement even though the movement is really very small.
And you have the possibility to rotate your pelvis around the central axis of your body (your spine).
Did you know that you have to be able to do that when you walk?
Hip “range of motion” is key to healthy walking
In fact there are some counter rotational movements when you walk that you may not be aware of.
Walking is not just a simple back and forth movement due to the ball and socket joint.
You see, as your front foot takes the weight as you walk, the multi-directional femur-to-hip joint allows that weighted hip to dip and that femur internally rotates.
Then when you push off your back foot, propelling yourself forward, your femur slightly externally rotates.
Yes I know, it’s quite beautifully complex. But what I am really wanting you to get is that healthy walking deserves as much of your mindful attention as the focused time you spend practicing your yoga. If truth be told your hips benefit more from being open in everyday life than going deeply into a yoga pose.
There’s a part of your walking cycle, every single step, where your hips have to be able to relax and accept the full weight of the body as it shifts from leg to leg. If not then your walking is impeded.
So, physiologically, being flexible in the hips helps you!
- Tight hips means pelvis is still, immobile, and the thigh is harder to flex (to move the leg forward). Your body lags behind to some extent and it takes a little extra energy for it to catch up.
- Flexible hips means the pelvis can rotate with each leg movement … which makes moving much easier!
… which all adds up to healthy walking.