hip openers

  • Fresh Vibes: 3 Powerful Hip-Opening Practices

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    For bendy bodies, hip openers are heavenly.

    If that’s you, awesome. Enjoy.

    For the non-bendy bodies, hip openers are, well, hellish.

    If that’s you, keep reading. You got work to do.

    To realize greater bendiness in your hips, you gotta put in the work. It’s not going to magically happen over night. It will take lots of sweat, slight discomfort, and, most importantly, breath!

    So, are you ready? Are you ready to release stuck energy? To feel open? Flexible? Free?   

    If so, these online yoga classes will do the trick!

    1. Ashtanga Yoga Therapeutics: Open Your Inner Thighs with Kino MacGregor

      The inner thighs form the gateway into the pelvis, where you will discover all of the secrets of your pelvis and find strength and flexibility in your hips. If your inner thighs are tight, this can lead to injury in the knees, tightness in the hips, and tension in the inner organs. By targeting the inner thighs, you will free up stuck energy in the body and become healthier and more flexible. Opening your hips is part of the inner journey that awakens your natural state of flexibility and strength. Take this online yoga class as an addition to a regular Ashtanga Yoga practice or as a therapeutic practice on its own. This yoga video is appropriate for all levels. (50 mins.)

    2. Hips are Alive with the Sound of Breath and Stretch with Gwen Lawrence

      In this challenging online yoga flow, you will work the hips in every direction! Ease knee pain, increase flexibility, and promote strength! (63 mins.)

    3. Visualize Pigeons: Yoga for Athletes Series with Sage Rountree

      This online yoga video, for athletes and anyone, will feature a range of spine and hip stretches culminating in Pigeon Pose. Whether you are fresh off a big race or deep in your off-season, you'll have options that will suit your needs! Build your flexibility and breath awareness, while cultivating sport-specific strength in your hips and thighs. (73 mins.)

     Experience the hip-opening magic!


  • Yoga for Quick, Happy Hips

    Cranky hips? Cranky mood?

    Well, it's time to clean out your emotional junk drawer!

    In yoga, it’s believed that there’s an unshakable union between the mind, body, and spirit. So, what’s ailing the mind also ails the body, the spirit, and so on. In other words, if something is weighing on you spiritually, emotionally, or mentally, it is likely to present itself somewhere in your body.

    For example, if you’re holding on to emotional things from your past, it’s likely to show up in your hips.

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    Our hips are notorious for storing long-held feelings of fear, guilt, stress, sadness, grief, confusion, judgement, and other strong emotions to which we have been unconsciously clinging. Deep hip opening stretches can release these emotions, often leading to life-changing emotional breakthroughs. Many people go through a period of extreme upset during hip openers before this significant shift occurs. But after going through the deep motions and dark emotions, something super sweet happens - something akin to a cleansing of the soul.

    As you work deeply with your body in yoga, emotional issues are bound to surface. Sure, it can feel stressful or difficult to cope when these feelings spontaneously arise, but rather than push these feelings back down below the surface, it’s best to just feel them - to ride them out.

    As the wise Rumi says...

    “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” 

    In other words, you have to visit the dark, discomforting side of things to realize the light.

    To work on your hips, here's an online yoga class with Justin Michael Williams - a quick, 30-minute Vinyasa flow. This short and sweet online yoga video features deep hip openers to help you find more openness and release any unnecessary and negative emotions. Though listed as a Level 2 yoga video, this online yoga flow is very straightforward and complete with solid, clear instructions that even the yoga newbie can follow.

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    Enjoy this healing, happy hip giving flow!

    Feel released.

    Image Credit: Lizard Pose via www.wildinwoods.tumblr.com

  • Fresh Vibes: Chakra, Core, and Hip Work

    This week’s online yoga menu showcases lots of variety per usual.

    Browse the freshness to see what sparks your fancy!

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    To get aligned...

    Tune into Cristi Christensen’s Vinyasa slow flow. Start by opening up the spine with a restorative sequence. Warm up the body with a series of Sun Salutations and then move through a standing sequence that includes side angle, triangle, Warrior II, and half moon pose. There is an opportunity to practice forearm balance or pincha mayurasana before working on alignment in bridge or wheel pose. End with restorative poses and a lovely savasana. Enjoy live music provided by Richard Learmont (www.richardlearmont.com). (88 mins.)

    To learn a fancy pose...

    Join Joan Hyman for some core and hip work leading to Eka Pada Koundinyasana. Practice this energizing online yoga class to start your day, ignite your core muscles, and open stuck energy in the hips. This flow is fun and creative with long deep holds to strengthen and release at the same time. After a standing pose sequence that includes balancing, you will move into the peak pose - Eka Pada Koundinyasana - before finishing with some sweet pigeon delight! (54 mins.) Choose A Yoga Class

    For the aquaphile…

    Try Gigi Yogini’s new online yoga video, designed specifically for swimmers. Target the shoulders and core in this highly accessible beginner yoga video. Gain a competitive edge by taking care of over-worked areas and strengthening the core. Note: The full class is available FREE to all SwimOutlet.com subscribers! (28 mins.)

    To turn up the heat...

    Tap into manipura chakra in Ashley Turner’s Vinyasa yoga video. Harness the energy of the manipura chakra in this strong practice. Take time to review and acknowledge past efforts and accomplishments and then turn your attention and focus to what you want to manifest in the future. Start building heat with rounds of Surya Namaskar A and B. Open the hips and inner groins with a wide-legged straddle sequence. Work on handstands at the wall with specific alignment cues and tips using a block. (89 mins.)

    Elevate Your Vibe!

    Photo Credit: Eka Pada Koundinyasana via www.getyouryogaon.tumblr.com 

  • Go with the Flow

    “If you just go with the flow, no matter what weird things happen along the way, you always end up exactly where you belong.” ~Tom Upton

    The mat is an excellent realm to practice the art of going with the flow.

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    When I first started practicing yoga, I hit the mat with great expectations. And sure, sometimes I still do. In the beginning, I always had an idea of how I wanted my practice to flow. When it didn’t flow just right, I freaked out big time. Fortunately, the freak-outs manifested internally so I spared fellow yogis my mat moods and madness.

    But what exactly was I getting so worked up about?

    Oh...stupid stuff. Maybe there was a sub that day and the style was totally different. Maybe the music was too loud, or too soft, or too emo, or too distracting. Maybe my body resisted certain poses that it regularly performed fluidly. Maybe the energy in the room was off. It doesn’t really matter what it was. The point is, I let myself get completely wrapped up in discontent due to things - things beyond my control - panning out in unanticipated ways.

    The same phenomenon goes down off the mat.

    For example, when I hit up a local coffee shop in the morning to do my work, I often have great expectations. And sometimes, I freak out when my morning expectations aren’t met. Maybe someone else landed that comfy, secluded chair in the corner – my chair. Maybe there is a loud, impatient man yelling at some woman on the phone over his unpaid ticket fines. Maybe the line to a much-needed coffee refill is painfully long.

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve allowed external distractions to totally get to me. I'm sure you have, too. I've blamed people and things because I’m human and that classic blame game is easy to play. I'm sure you've played it, too. Truth is, I know it’s not those people or those things. It’s me.

    Yoga has been my teacher in that way, constantly reminding me that it’s me. It’s not them. It’s not those things. It’s irrefutably me. I'm the source of my own dissatisfaction when I refuse to relax, be cool, and go with the flow.

    When you resist the flow, you’re bound to be disappointed, distraught, annoyed…whatever it is. That’s because you don’t belong outside the flow. Outside the flow, you become this crazy person attempting to control everything. And try, try as you might, you won’t get anywhere. You’ll just be on the outside with a headache and an accelerated heart rate wondering why the heck your life is so crappy, inconsistent, and confusing.

    So, get back inside. Go with the flow. Weird stuff will happen. But so what? Learn something. Laugh at something. Laugh at yourself. And relax. You’re right where you belong.

    To practice shedding your expectations in the yoga-sphere, I recommend you try mixing up your home practice with Michelle Johnson's newest online Vinyasa yoga class: Going with the Flow. Begin with some grounding exercises. Move through the Sun Salutations and lunges. Work into standing split variations and, then, headstand prep and headstand. End with a few blissful heart openers and hip openers. (60 mins.)

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  • Class Review: 30 Minute Pick Me Up with Joan Hyman

    The deets.

    • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California
    • Style: Vinyasa Flow
    • Intensity: Level 2 = Moderate Intensity
    • Focus: Backbends + Hip Openers
    • Props: Block + Blanket Recommended
    • Average Rating: 4/5

                                                                                                                                   On the teacher.

    Joan Hyman always brings her A-game. Her excellent instructions, challenging and upbeat flows, and openhearted approach create an alluring yogic elixir of intelligence, intensity, and lightness.


    On the class.

    • Sweat. This class packs a punch for its brevity. It you’re looking for a dose of intensity and perspiration, this class is where it’s at!
    • Energize. Start with a very stimulating pranayama exercise: Breath of Fire. Get the Shakti surging in no time!
    • Stretch it out. Open up the hip flexors – typical areas of tightness and tension.
    • Feel expansive and awake. Practice Ustrasana (Camel Pose) to feel open and energized for your day.

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    What people are saying.

    • “I've never had a class with Joan in person, but I've had bazillions with Jeanne Heileman and she has always spoken highly and fondly of Joan, so I thought, "why not gives this class a try?" I'm a stay at home dad and sometimes only have small snippets of time so a 30 odd minute class sounded great. And Joan did not disappoint. You get a nice little all around practice here and feel like you've probed the depths in a good way. And it's definitely a "pick me up"! I think Joan may have intended this as a way to get going in the morning, but I practiced it in the evening of one of those logy Sundays where my kids had worn me out and I just couldn't get going. This did the trick! Thank you Joan!” ~Eric O.
    • "Ahhhh, thank you Joan! Missing our great two-hour practices but this is a whole lot more do-able these days, and it was just what I needed. Cleared a lot of those cobwebs right out. I'll be seeing you again tonight for a pre-sleep wind-down! Would love to see more of these shorter practices... for those days when a little is better than nothing!" ~Anne F.
    • "Perfect pick me up and centering after a busy day!" ~Emily W.
    • "Great way to start the day! Thanks, Joan!" ~Kendra M.
    • "This is a lovely class. It's well paced and packs a lot of good movement into the 35 minutes. I feel energized, a lot less sluggish than I did beforehand, and more relaxed all at the same time." ~Elana M.

    From Joan’s website: Joan Hyman is a distinguished YogaWorks Senior Teacher, who weaves her personal yogic journey into popular teacher trainings, workshops and retreats around the world. Her teachings come from an organic, intuitive place as she draws upon the joyful study of Ayurveda (the science of life), chakras and meditation. With over 20 years of experience, Joan is E-RYT 500-hour certified with Yoga Alliance and a dedicated, 10-year Ashtanga practitioner who is proficient in second series and recently has begun Advanced A (third series)—a high level of achievement among Western yogis. Her challenging and upbeat YogaWorks Vinyasa flow classes are well liked among the Los Angeles yoga community. Practicing with Joan is an experience; her instruction is intelligent and light, infused with a strong level of intensity that stems from years of focused study.

    Find more online yoga classes with Joan Hyman HERE.

    Get more on Joan Hyman at www.joanhyman.com, find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.


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