You've probably heard that we carry our stress in our hips. Part of the reason for this is that the hip joint is the largest joint in the body, and it is responsible for moving our largest appendages—our legs. Then there are the important muscles such as the iliotibial bands and the psoas muscles that attach or wrap around the hip area and contribute to feeling tight and constricted in this area of the body.
These factors, combined with the fact that our jobs and lifestyles have us seated for the good portion of the day, are why our stress settles in the hips. If your hips need a big stretch and a lot of love, give the following sequence a try a few times per week. Even better, do it every day—it's low-impact enough for that!