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Season 1 - Episode 8

Strong and Open Hips

40 min - Practice


Nathan guides us in a practice to help map our experience of opening and strengthening the hips. We move through a series of standing postures and balancing postures before moving into held poses, all with an emphasis on going deep into our hips. We finish with a long, relaxing Savasana (Corpse Pose).
What You'll Need: Mat, Blanket (2), Strap, Block

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Nov 15, 2018
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This was another juicy practice. Loving the use of the strap to really feel into some hip openers that my mobility is a bit challenged in without the prop. And the ending recovery pose and savasana.....aaaaaaahhhhh.
Hey Jenny! Glad you liked the practice. And that savasana after freeing up tension in the hips, so good! Please let me know if you ever have any questions on the poses. I’m happy to help!
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This was brilliant. Thank for the clarity, subtle sense of optimism and fire. A great sequence.
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Appreciate your constructive guidance like, " unlock not force" and working into the depth of the poses gradually.
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Thoughtful and biomechanically correct :)
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I wonder, at what point can you cause your sacrum and hip area to become unstable? No doubt it's different for everyone. Can this happen over time? How do you keep it stable?
Christel Yes! Destabilizing the SIJ is a real possibility in yoga. Knees are another trouble point. My primary advice is to be as vigilant as possible to the sensations being experienced in the poses. The sensation of “stretch” is typically the body warning us that we are pushing the tissue tolerance. Many practitioners push way to hard against this sensation attempting to get the “full” pose. I highly recommend working on strength either through weights or specific yoga poses to help build strong joints.
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Thank you Nathan for this wise advice. As the years advance I am becoming more and more aware of the importance of "taking care" and paying attention versus pushing too hard.
Absolutely Christel. “Taking care” is a great way to put it and this how I see the practice as a whole. Great to be on the journey with you :)
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So good!
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