YOGA MADE EASY

Hip, hip, hurrah

  • Photo: Bhanu Prakash Chandra; Model: Manasa Upadhya
  • Photo: Bhanu Prakash Chandra; Model: Manasa Upadhya
  • Photo: Bhanu Prakash Chandra; Model: Manasa Upadhya
  • Photo: Bhanu Prakash Chandra; Model: Manasa Upadhya

Hips form a crucial junction between the back and the legs. They carry load and also provide movement. The health of the back, pelvis and legs depends a lot on the health of the hips. Here is a technique to give a good traction force to the hip, to provide better mobility. This posture benefits the back, legs and pelvis.

METHOD
* Practitioner lies down with legs folded and arms close to the trunk.
* Facilitator stands in front, holding a belt.
* Facilitator locks the belt, forming a loop.
* Practitioner raises right leg.
* Facilitator puts the belt to practitioner’s right leg; practitioner positions the belt at the root of the thigh.
* Facilitator places right leg in the loop of the belt and gently pulls; also holds the practitioner's leg by the heel.
* Practitioner straightens the leg; stretches arms over the head.
* Facilitator further pulls the belt back with the leg and pushes the heel forward to intensify the stretch.
* Practitioner pulls the knee cap and bends toes towards the knee.
* Practitioner stays in this posture for 30-60 seconds.
* Facilitator moves practitioner's right leg sideways and holds it with his left leg.
* Keeping the pelvis stable, facilitator bends practitioner’s leg to the maximum extent possible while holding the hip on the left side.
* Practitioner stays in this posture for 30-60 seconds before slowly returning to start.

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