8 Best Stretches for Tight Hips

6. Cobra:


cobra

This pose stretches hips as well as the chest and abs.

  • Begin lying face down on your mat with head slightly lifted and hand sitting directly under shoulders.
  • Point your toes so the tops of you feet are on the mat.
  • As you exhale, press arms straight and lift upper body and front of hips off the mat.
  • Keep your legs and feet relaxed and on the ground.
  • Keep your abdominal contracted and breathe slowly.

7. Butterfly Stretch:

butter-fly

  • Sit on the floor in a classic yoga stretch with both knees spread out as wide as possible and both feet touching.
  • Ensure you keep your spine straight; you can provide much needed support for your torso by placing your hands on the ground behind you.
  • Move the knees in a flapping motion until you feel the muscles and joints loosening.
  • Do the dynamic motion for about eight movements then hold the position at the tightest point of the stretch.
  • Use your hands or elbows to push down on your thighs for 30 seconds.

8. Leg Lowers With Band:

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  • Sit on the floor and loop the middle of a resistance band under the sole of one foot, holding one end of each band in both hands.
  • Lie back and lift both legs toward the ceiling, legs in-line with hips.
  • While keeping both legs straight, slowly lower the leg without the band to the floor.
  • Slowly lift the leg back up. Do 8 reps, keeping your core tight.
  • Switch sides and repeat.
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