SWEAT Summer Series Week 4 — Yin For Hips
Welcome to week four of the SWEAT Summer Series! This week I’ve created a workout to help open up your hips, which is a great follow-up to last week’s hamstrings workout.
The hips are where we can hold a LOT of our emotions and stress. Deep stretching like Yin yoga can help to release that tension and emotion. If you ask me, hip-opening stretches and poses are some of the most delicious and juiciest poses out there (they’re probably some of my all-time favourite poses to be honest)!
A lot of people hate them because they can be uncomfortable and holding them for long periods of time can bring a lot of ignored and suppressed feelings to the surface and we are then forced to sit with those feelings. If you can learn to embrace what comes and let it go just as easily, then you may really ENJOY these poses. Your body can feel so much lighter and more open, and hip openers can help to reduce back or knee pain and injury.
When doing this sequence, try to really relax, breathe and connect with your breath. Notice if you are holding tension anywhere (we often hold it in our face and shoulders. Try to release and relax every muscle in your body and face, even your lips and tongue!). Allow thoughts and feelings to come and go. And listen to your body – you’ll find the longer you are in a pose the more you will be able to move deeper into it and the more open you will become. However, once you have hit your edge and reached your stretching limit, allow yourself to soften and let gravity and patience do the work.
Yin yoga is most beneficial if you are not moving, and rather you enter a pose, find comfort in the discomfort and then sit with your body and mind as they are.
I hope you’ve loved the last four weeks of workouts! Remember they are all available on my YouTube to revisit any time you feel like a good stretch.
Love and light,
* Results from BAM may vary. Strict adherence to the program is required for best results.