In yoga, it is has been said that we tend to hold negative emotions and stress in our hips. So you are not alone if you tend to feel emotions rising up in your hip openers. Letting go and surrendering in our yoga poses is not an easy task, it requires conscious effort to allow ourselves the freedom to surrender.
It’s easy to see how surrendering would make us feel like we’re giving up or even losing something. Surrender takes on new meaning in our hip openers. In order to be the best that we can be, to clear out the clutter and excel we have to surrender to succeed. We have to let go of what is weighing us down whether that be negative emotions, stress or tension. Letting go and surrendering doesn’t mean you’re giving up it means that you are making space for the things that matter, things that are good for you.
One of our goals in yoga is to create space. Create space in our bodies and in our life. But think about it if you have all this negative energy filling up your space you have less room for the good stuff. So where to start? How do we begin releasing the negative and embracing the positive?
Here are some poses to help you do just that and BONUS, they feel lovely on your hips. Enjoy 🙂
Fire Log Pose Variation
Stretch out both legs, bring one foot in and place outside the thigh or on top of the thigh. Hold the stretch or walk your hands forward.
Always a favorite, and a great hip opener. Beginning on the left side, bring the left knee in as close to the left hand as you can, the foot will stretch toward the right hand. The leg behind you stays stretched out. Stay upright or fold forward.
Fire Log Pose
Stacking your shins like fire logs, bringing knee over ankle and ankle over knee. Stay upright or lean forward to intensify the pose.
These are all great yoga poses for releasing tightness and tension in your hips and letting go of negativity and stress. Hold each pose for 60-90 seconds and switch sides, repeating as necessary. When you’re in the pose focus on your breath and bring your attention to the tightness or tension and ask yourself “what am I holding onto?”, “what do I need to let go of in this moment?” Use these yoga poses in your regular practice or as a meditation to let go of stress, negativity and tension.
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