Here is a re-post of a blog entry I wrote a long while back. A nice follow up to the Hip Opening workshop I taught today at Semperviva Yoga. Special thanks to all the yogis who attended! Thank you for your energy and spirit. Enjoy! J
As a yoga instructor, one of the top requests from my students is for hip openers, and for good reason! The hips are a complex joint comprised of many powerful muscles that either connect to or cross by the hip joint. (Iliopsoas, the gluteal muscles, hamstrings and the adductors or inner thigh, to name a few.) Along with muscles, there are ligaments and tendons, nerves, blood vessels and bursae to contend with. No wonder so many of us crave that release of the hips that yoga brings.
Along with the physical aspects of the hip joint is also the energetic power this joint has. The hips are the emotional center for many of us. They act as the junk drawer of the body; the place where we store any emotions or thoughts we don’t quite know what to do with. As we clear the hip joint with postures such as pigeon pose, we will often feel an energetic shift in the body afterwards. Something has been released; the feeling is undeniable. The feelings may be those of elation and deep relaxation, but you might also experience some strong emotional reactions as well. Not uncommon as we sort through that junk drawer, you never know what you might find in there!
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The first free workshop for back care went so well, we have decided to offer another free workshop this month for hips! Join me one week today, Saturday August 24 from 1:30-3:30pm at Semperviva Yoga (Kits Beach location) for a wonderful hip opening practice. ($25 for non-members) Hope to see you there!
Heavenly Hips: A Hip Opening Workshop with Jacci Collins
The hips are a complex joint comprised of many powerful muscles that either connect to or cross by the hip joint. (Iliopsoas, glutes, hamstrings and adductors, to name a few.) Along with muscles, there are ligaments and tendons, nerves, blood vessels and bursae to contend with. It is no wonder we crave release in this area. The hips are also the house for a very powerful energy system, the second chakra. They are the emotional center for many of us, acting as the junk drawer of the body. By clearing the hip joint with our yoga practice we have the opportunity to transform physically and mentally allowing the natural healing powers of the body to activate, creating freedom in the pelvis and an increased sense of overall well being. In this workshop we will briefly discuss the anatomy of the hips as well as their energetic qualities. We will also explore the hips experientially with a hip opening practice that will leave you feeling open, aware and at ease.