Reformed Pigeon: Hip Stability with Karin Burke
“Flexibility” and “Hip Openers” are some of the most popular forms of asana practice, a goal onto themselves. But we need more than flexibility. Flexibility should have a purpose that makes sense, is within a context, and not simply for the sake of flexibility. This set of sequences will teach you about hip stability and hip strength. These are the qualities really needed for longevity of practice, an injury and pain free practice. This are the mechanics of a long term practice, a pain free back, and relief from SI and sacrum pain.
Yogis often tear hamstrings or groin, end up with SI or sciatic issues, or suddenly suffer low back pain. This comes from an imbalanced practice and a focus on hip opening. Learn to balance your practice. Release is actually a result of strength. Protect your joints and connective tissue, feel your bones, and find your muscles.
Feel a set of different motions in the hip stabilising muscles. Learn to 'open your hips' and do asana from a place of stability, rather than vulnerability.
Therapeutics: a number of practices to develop stability and awareness around the hip socket and sacrum, idea for those who are hyperflexible and those who tend to low back pain.
Take the theory of hip stability into a whole new experience of asana.
One of the most popular postures, and one of the most coveted yogic abilities is 'hip opening'. Bring some greater awareness and competency to that idea, reforming your practice in pigeon pose and beyond.