In our sitting-centered culture, the hips are highly susceptible to both underuse(weakness) and inflexibility (tightness)—a very unfortunate coupling that can lead to a plethora of afflictions. Because of this, the hips can be a nuisance for a lot of us. Yoga can be an excellent tool for relieving tight hips and for releasing problematic tension that may potentially impinge the sciatic nerve. This 75 minutes Zen practice is focused on lengthening, rather than engaging, the musculature and connective tissues surrounding the hips. However, please note that if this practice causes irritation, it is wise to check with your doctor or physical therapist, as you may need to strengthen your hip girdle before stretching it.
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