Are you already back in the grind at work spending hours sitting at your desk? Are your hips tight? If the answer to either question is yes, start the New Year with open hips!
If your hips are tight, in pain or you have always dreamed of doing the splits, consider stretching to improve the joint mobility (check with your doctor if you have pain or are experiencing any worrying symptoms). Even those of us born with flexibility still need to work consistently to maintain hip health.
In the slideshow, I show a few of my favorite yoga poses, which I do a couple of times a week, to maintain my hip flexibility. I recommend that you hold each pose for approximately 1-2 minutes. Practice safely and without pain. Hips can be extremely vulnerable when pushed too far. The New York Times Science reporter and author, William Broad, wisely asserts, “Better to do yoga in moderation and listen carefully to your body. That temple, after all, is your best teacher.
Modified poses are offered in the photographs, but if you need to take it back even more, use props.