Pelvic Movement & The Hip Joint Understand The Influence In Your Practice & Your Bodyhip mobilityPelvic Movement & The Hip Joint The hips are a combination of challenge, ease, freedom, restriction, strength and weakness. You could very well be...
Pelvic Movement & The Hip Joint
The hips are a combination of challenge, ease, freedom, restriction, strength and weakness. You could very well be experiencing all of these things simultaneously. This is because the hip joint is quite complex. It’s a ball and socket joint, which allows you to move in elaborate ways, within your yoga practice and in your life off of the mat. This however, can also make you quite vulnerable to injury. Understanding your hips and how other areas of your body impact how you move is imperative if your goal is to access your fullest potential when it comes to your asana practice and/or movement as a whole. An entry point to understanding can simply be how you articulate a specific part of your body. In today’s video, Matt highlights the positive impact certain pelvic articulations can have on what you experience in regards to hip mobility.
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THE BENEFITS OF PELVIC ANTERIOR TILT IN DOWNWARD DOG
Downward Dog can easily become one of those postures that just feels like you don’t have to think about how to do it. After all, how many times have you done this posture? Probably too many to count right?
Matt offers a new lens to consider. First of all, as soon as you lift your knees off of the ground to lift your hips up, your glutes commonly take charge which may create a more posterior tilt of the pelvis. It’s no secret that part of the benefit of doing this posture is that you’ll get a stretch in your hamstrings. Increased flexibility in your hamstrings can allow for more freedom of movement of the pelvis around the hip joint. Maintaining an anterior tilt of your pelvis will help to strengthen your lower back and offer a hamstring stretch with more integrity for your body.
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PELVIC MOVEMENT & THE HIP JOINT: UNDERSTAND THE INFLUENCE IN YOUR PRACTICE & YOUR BODY
CONTROVERSIAL TRANSITIONS ON THE MAT
There are strong opinions when it comes to transitioning from Warrior III to Half Moon. Some will say you should NEVER and others say it’s fine. The argument is that you’re bearing weight on the “standing” femur bone and that it destroys the hip joint. Matt points out that we do this action multiple times. You’ll see this when he demonstrates the movement of the pelvis around the femur bone from High Lunge to Warrior II. Yes, there is slightly more weight in the Warrior III transition, but it is a natural movement. What you’ll know more than anyone who has an opinion, is how it feels in your body. If there is pain, Matt explains that this is often attributed to a lack of strength in the muscles that surround the hip. In the video, he shows you where to place your awareness to begin to minimize the pain.
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HOW THE PELVIS INFORMS A STRETCH
The last posture (Pyramid Variation) in today’s video offers immense insight into how the direction of your pelvis can inform and completely transform your experience in a stretch. Instead of just “squaring off the hips”, Matt cues a rotation of the pelvis (with left leg back) where you turn the left side of your pelvis down towards the ground and towards your right thigh bone. The benefit here is a deeper stretch of the right outer buttocks and hips. Why is this an imperative action? Deepening the stretch of these muscles (which may not always be a sensation and experience that is easy to find in your yoga practice) will contribute to the overall health of the hip joint. Achieving increased hip mobility involves increased flexibility. Keep in mind, there are other imperative parts of the equation. Overall hip health and mobility also requires strength and body awareness.
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