The biggest complaint I hear from my yoga students is tight hips. Hours of driving, sitting behind a desk or lounging on the couch makes for shortened, overworked hip muscles. These muscles in turn pull on your pelvis and lower back causing aches, pains and stiffness. Fortunately, you can reverse the effects of tight hips with focused stretches. Although you can do this posture alone, when done with a partner or against wall, Seated Pigeon pose is even more effective in loosening your hips and bringing relief to overly tight pelvic muscles:
- Sit on the floor, lean against your partner, and stretch your legs out in front of you.
- Cross one ankle above the opposite knee to make a Figure Four shape.
- If you can stretch further, pull the bottom leg into a bent position.
- Take turns gently pressing your back against your partner for a deeper stretch.
- Switch legs and repeat.
You will experience immediate relief in your hips after performing this pose. Get your children involved to prevent hip pain later and help them move freely.