hip opener



There are a number of benefits to stretching out your hips! Agile hips can improve circulation in your legs, ease back pain, and help your knees. Although, what you might not already know, is that your hips hold onto a lot of negative energy and emotions: such as sadness, guilt, and fear.

Anything that we don’t want to deal with in our lives we put away in our hips, so it’s important to stretch them out, as well as move prana (life force/energy) to this area. Our pranayama is our breath work. 

The following is a list of excellent hip opening asanas with links to how to get into the postures. If you are practicing at home, make sure to warm up with a few sun salutations before moving into the asanas.

Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)

Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide Legged Standing Forward Bend)

Utkatasana Variation (Fierce)

Malasana (Yogic Squat)

Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard)

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana Prep (Pigeon)

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fish)

Agnistambhasana (Double Pigeon)

Gomukhasana (Cow Face)


Deep Hip Opening Yoga Practice - Level 1 (20 minutes) 

Join me for this 20 minute *Level 1* Deep Hip Opening Practice with long holding Hatha poses to increase hip flexibility. If this is too much try the Gentle Hip Opening Routine

Practice to build flexibility for the *Level 2* Deep Hip Opening Practice. Check out more videos like this in the Hatha Yoga Playlist

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The full moon is approaching and amping up anxiety. Bound Angle Pose, aka Baddha Konasana, is good to practice as it opens the hips, groin and inner thighs, helping to let go of stress and tension. We will be exploring this pose, as well as lots of other calmness inducing hip openers, today in both my classes listed below at Sangha Yoga Shala.
2pm - Core Vinyasa
7:30pm - Vinyasa

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This is a sort of high lunge mixed with reverse warrior that i’ve been doing a lot lately :). I chose this for inner strength, because honestly the pose just makes me feel strong and beautiful. I don’t think that it’s necessarily a pose that requires much strength, but I guess in a way it makes me feel as if I’m a woman holding my own stance, tall and strong, and in that sense this pose really represents inner strength for me.

Doing yoga while it’s snowing outside (as it is here in NYC) is one of my favorite things to do. Come join me today at Sangha Yoga Shala at 2pm or 7:30pm for hip opening (think pigeon, ankle to knee and bound angle pose shown above), spine lengthening, smile inducing Vinyasa and see why practicing yoga during a snow storm can be so much fun. ☺️ PS, there could be a cameo appearance by Mia. So put on your snow boots and I’ll see you there!

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Open Hips Routine | Intermediate Yoga With Tara Stiles

As anyone who has ever taken my class can attest, I 💖 hip openers. Pigeon is a big fave from that category because it applies just the right amount of hip, hamstring and glute opening without being overwhelming (like Ankle to Knee Pose can sometimes be) so you can truly let go and relax within the pose. Expect to work up a good sweat, and then let it all go with some deep hip openers in my 7pm Vinyasa class tonight at Karen Lord Pilates Movement. Serenity and smiles guaranteed!


#FreeYogis Day 2. #HappyYogi.

The first thing that popped into my head for today was happy baby pose. It feels SO good on the hips (great restorative pose for runners!) and if you rock a little you’ll get a nice spine massage too.

If the full pose is too intense try one leg at a time. Work on getting the resting leg down flat against the floor. When that’s comfortable try both legs up at once. I like to play around with several different grips to intensify or just shift the stretch a bit (arch from the inside, arch from the outside, big toes, heels). Have fun with it!

What pose makes you feel like a #HappyYogi? Share it with me, yogawithkarel, bexmaddy, sunny-yogi, and healthyhappymotivation

Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose, aka Utthia Hasta Padangustasana, helps build strength, flexibility and concentration. All things we need throughout our busy NYC work week. Join me tonight at Karen Lord Pilates Movement for 7pm Vinyasa and start your week off on the right foot.

They are renovating the living room at work so there is no couch to sit on these days. I spend a lot of time at work sitting on a stool at this counter and it’s hell for my hips.

This is my go to hip stretch. I just put my leg up on the counter like this and try to keep the other one as close to the counter as possible and stand straight, then, keeping my spine long and leading with the heart I fold forward.


It’s basically like pigeon without having to go on the floor…which is great for me because I pretty much always wear black and with all the dog hair in this house, lying on the floor is not something I want to do.