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So many of us are plagued by tight hips — and it feels so good when you can get them to open up and move. In this one-minute video, I’ll show you a fantastic hip-opening stretch known in yoga as “pigeon pose.” I also mention tips on how to do this if you’re less flexible, and how to progress the stretch if you’re more flexible. The pigeon stretch is not only great for your hips, but can relieve low-back stiffness and sciatic pain, as well.
See if you can work up to spending five minutes per side in this pose. Keep breathing and stay relaxed throughout, and don’t push into a “bad” pain. You may feel discomfort, but you shouldn’t be in pain.
- Thoracic spine
- Shoulder girdle
- IT band