August 2016: Happy Hips or Not..??

I get really stuck when it comes to hips. It’s the biggest and most challenging physical thing for me to work on. I'm hyper mobile in every part of my body but the hip is at the extreme opposite. With a structurally misaligned, degenerative and elevated hip and irregular bumps on femur head , sometimes the simplest of movement or poses can be excruciating. 

I have extensively shared more about my hip issue and journey in my teacher training Blog. 
If you are curious and have the time , you can pretty much read all about my personal journey in yoga, healing, health and the gruelling, painful-but-pleasurable life changing teacher training here: http://vikasayoga.blog.com/2012/04/20/beautiful-days-in-koh-samui-vikasa-yoga-ttc/

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So....moving on..... I’d like to draw attention to the emotional nature of the hips. 

Deep pain and emotions we suffer from traumas and situations in life can get trapped in that area. When practising and working on these poses, bring patience, kindness, compassion and love to the area as we open ourselves to vulnerability. This is Ahimsa (non-violence), one aspect of Yamas, from the philosophical text of Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga. When we approach our practice with non violent thought/emotions (  inner negative self talk, being overly harsh and judgemental about ourselves ), we will be able to move past the unnecessary and achieve certain breakthroughs faster. It can be a very empowering process through the release.

Aside from the emotional release, physical release of low back pain and tightness are being facilitated through the poses. There's also improved blood circulation to the pelvic and gastrointestinal organs which allows for better internal health. After all, our “second brain” is in our Gut, supported by the pelvis!

 

Here are some essential juicy hip poses to help with the release:

I wish you an Abundant August and keep those Hips Happy!

Love,

Amanda