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Yoga for Cranky Hips
This alignment-based class is a slow, methodical and safe way of working the legs to create space in and around the hip sockets. Leslie addresses how to use yoga poses and yoga props to increase space, flexibility and strength in the hips. You will find familiar yoga poses using props and done with a focus on the relationship between the legs and pelvis. This way of practicing can help alleviate aches and pains in and around the the head of the femur.
Pain in the hips can have many causes. But whatever the root cause, most people are sitting in chairs or cars more than ever before. Sitting with the legs at a 90 degree angle from your torso decreases the amount of space in the front of the hip sockets, brings the femurs forward in the hip socket and restricts blood flow to the pelvis.
We come to yoga to undo some of our postural bad habits. However, we can actually exacerbate hip pain if we are doing our poses without mindfulness.
The approach in this class is to encourage the femurs to be deeper towards the back of their sockets, and to practice the poses with a new spotlight on the hip joint.
Props recommended for this class:
- • 1 or 2 yoga straps
- • 2 yoga blocks
- • Chair (folding chair or similar)
- • Blanket
A must for anyone with hip/leg issues--Who doesn`t? Review by Emily
I first found Leslie`s webinar on Pelvic Pain (another highly recommended resource). I had been experiencing various kinds of pain and tension in my hips and thighs seemingly out of the blue after years of regular Yoga practice. The use of props and clear anatomical explanations really helped me feel my way into my hips and thigh bones is a way I had not previously experienced. Her discussion of Trikonasana and how it is often taught (to push the hip back as the spine lengthens in opposition) actually compromises the stability of the pelvis! This was critical for me! I hope you find this material as useful as I did!
(Posted on 5/10/2013)
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About Leslie Howard
There are so many different forms of yoga that focus on just about every area of our bodies, including our mind, spirit, and breathing. When it comes to the hips, seasoned master yoga teacher Leslie Howard knows all. For over 15 years, Leslie has taught yoga in both the New York and San Francisco areas, concentrating primarily on the hip and pelvic region.
Fitness wise, many people choose to focus on their core, legs, and arms. For health and wellness we look to improve back pain, balance, flexibility, and stress through yoga. You may not even consider the condition or importance of our hips and pelvic floor, until you watch Pranamaya’s Leslie Howard yoga videos.
About Leslie Howard
To understand why Leslie is so passionate about bringing attention to the hips and pelvic region through yoga, you must learn a little more about her. Leslie was diagnosed with hypertonic pelvic syndrome, a condition that is defined by muscle spasms in the pelvic region. It was through meticulous practice of Iyengar style yoga, characterized by great attention to detail and body alignment, that Leslie found relief. Because of this, she became determined to create her own form of yoga that specifically focuses on the hips and pelvic floor so as to help others aid and prevent such symptoms.
Importance of the Hip-Centered Yoga
So, what is so important about a hip-centered yoga, you ask? Most people spend an inordinate amount of time in sitting positions, which results in an uncomfortable tightening of the thigh bones and surrounding muscles. Practicing the hip-focused yoga featured in our Leslie Howard yoga video, Yoga for Cranky Hips Intensive, can strengthen the hips and provide greater flexibility. Poses explored in Leslie’s Yoga for Cranky Hips Intensive video help align the bones into a natural placement that alleviates tension. Students will experience an increase of blood flow to the pelvic area as the femurs are brought forward in the hip socket. Hip-centered yoga also helps students combat bad posture and relax into healthier positions. With a focus on the relationship between the legs and pelvis, this intensive is great for anyone who finds themselves sitting more than they stand in their everyday lives and needs to open up their hips.
Leslie Howard Yoga Videos
So if you’re looking for relief in your pelvic and hip region, whether you’re experiencing tight muscles or pain, or want to open your hips, our Leslie Howard yoga videos are just what you need. Leslie’s expertise in the pelvic floor, as well as more general Iyengar based yoga, makes her videos and teachings essential for anyone looking to go a little deeper and more specialized in their practice.
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