And so, comes the confession. I've been a Hip Opening slacker in the last few years. As I've attended fewer classes and been on my own for practice, I just haven't done them as often. It's partially because my hips are pretty darn open, especially after having a baby. And it's also because I haven't seen the value. And I hate to confess to not seeing the benefit, and even to being remiss in any part of my practice. But, after probably almost 3 years of slacking on Hip Openers I'm finding a new appreciation for them in the life of my practice.
Here's what Hip Openers have been doing for me lately:
- Increasing circulation in my legs, hips, pelvis, and lower back
- Increasing range of motion in those places
- Promoting a general sense of calm peacefulness and even groundedness
- Releasing stored creative energy
- Improving digestion
- Increasing apana and therefore decreasing anxiety
- Increasing my energy level in a very calm way
- Calming my brain enough that I get quiet enough to actually let go for a while (soothing my nervous system and deeper into my koshas I believe)
- Promoting stillness in my body, which I seldom experience except if I'm asleep
And well, I just feel better when I make sure to keep them as a steady, regular part of my practice. They aren't super showy. They aren't a huge aerobic workout. The general ones don't particularly challenge me (but that's just in my mind, taking class with Desiree Rumbaugh two weeks ago alerted me to my own negligence on building power through hip opening). But they do calm, relax and re-energize me every time I practice them. Who wouldn't want that?
And so, I think it's time to introduce hip openers more regularly to my classes and to stop apologizing for it. Ya'll get ready... creativity and peace are about to crack wide open in the seat of your hips!
What is your favorite Hip Opening posture and why? And what benefit do you get from a hip opening practice?