The health of your hips in particular are crucial to the health of your body long term, and interestingly your brain!
Without the hip, many of the movements we take for granted each day would not be possible. Hips are important in bearing our weight, walking, running, and giving our body stability. However, hips can be injured.
Fortunately, it takes a considerable amount of force to seriously damage a healthy hip. The large muscles of the thighs, lower back, and buttocks all help protect the hip from injuries. So, when a hip injury does occur, it is more likely to be caused by chronic overuse of the joint and its associated muscles rather than a direct, traumatic injury.
Although yoga does do lots of good, there are areas that can compromise the health of our hips if we come to the practice with a belief that our hips are tight and need stretching.
I will be sharing with you some of the anatomical details of our hips, trying to break this down into bite size chunks so it is super easy to understand (I hope!) and show you how and why we need to take a slightly different approach to our practice. Both on and off the mat.