Where do you hold your negativity and stress? Some people hold stress in their shoulders and neck – this was really common for me when I was a student. Long hours hunched over the books and poor posture are not the best combination.
Would you be surprised if I told you lots of stress is held in the hips? According to an article in Yoga Journal, we hold stress and negative emotions like fear, guilt, and sadness in our pelvis. The pelvis is like a “junk drawer” of emotions; it’s the place that feeling and experiences go to when we don’t know where else to put them. Stretching and opening this area allows prana to flow.
For a woman, a healthy pelvis is vital for healthy menstruation and childbirth. Hip opening poses can help ease the pain and discomfort that comes with menstruation and tonify the muscles of the pelvis. Restorative poses that maintain the health of the pelvic floor and hip muscles can make it easier to recover from childbirth and labor.
These are my favorite hip opening yoga poses for women:…