Slow Flow Yoga Video for Hips with Amanda McCarroll
This yoga video for hips shot in our La Jolla, CA yoga studio Buddhi Yoga is focused on creating space in external rotation. Almost every yoga pose creates space in the hips. With the exception of handstand, mountain pose, plank and a few others, practicing yoga regularly will create both flexibility and strength in the pelvis. The hip is one of the most mobile joints in our body. A ball and socket type of synovial joint, the articulation between the pelvis and the head of the femur moves in every direction: flexion, extension, internal rotation, external rotation, abduction, adduction and circumduction. Most yoga classes will take you through most if not all of these planes of motion.
This class is focused on external rotation in the hips. Very few forms of exercise externally rotate the hips causing a limited range of motion that leads to back pain and stiffness among other musculoskeletal imbalances in the body. Flow through low lunge variations, warrior 2 and side angle variations to increase mobility and create strength in the center of the body. Variations of side angle pose with both arms floating also helps to strengthen the pelvic floor which is ideal for women who have given birth naturally. These variations also wake up the adductors so that the knee is stronger and more stable in standing postures.
This class is ideal for students of all levels. If you are a runner or a cyclist, your legs are always in flexion and extension. Stretching and strengthening the hips in external rotation as well as abduction will introduce a new and very important type of pelvic movement to the body. Athletes and those who experience lower back pain and/or pelvic floor weakness will benefit greatly from practicing this slow flow yoga video for hips. Feel free to practice this class daily.