The epicenter of the second chakra, hips are the seat of our emotions. The second chakra (Svadhisthana) is linked to sexuality, desire, the depth of feeling, and procreation. When the second chakra is blocked it hinders our ability to let go and let it flow. The blockage affects us in feeling emotionally cold, low energy, the inability to feel sexual desire.
When we work with the body, we are undoubtedly working with the mind. Then the energy system comes in as a bridge to connect the body and mind.
When emotions arise in the body, it charges energy that stores our deepest vulnerabilities in the hips. Whether work stress, financial worries or deep-rooted family issues, we may be holding negative energy in the hips. Our bodies are molded by our daily posture of sitting at ninety degree angles, therefore our hips tend to suffer postural strains.
In order to breakthrough and crumble away stuck energy, I make sure to include hip flexor and hip opener poses when I teach vinyasa and restorative yoga.
Releasing tension by unblocking the second chakra in our seated emotions may stir up emotions, which I find wonderful, because yoga brings awareness to your body that connects with your mind as it unlocks stale energy. Stretching out your hips can also help prevent lower back pain, or knee or hamstring injuries.
In Psychology Today, a research study identifies the body to store emotional pain in unlikely places.
Earth Squat (Malasana)
This low earth squat allows the skeleton to relax and prevents compression on the sacrum, tailbone as well as the lower back.
Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip width apart. Bend your knees and lower your hips towards the floor into a squat. Bring your arms to the inside of your legs pressing out on the elbows pushing away your inner thighs, anchored below your knees. Press the palms of your hands together in prayer hands (anjali mudra). Relax your shoulders and lengthen your spine by intending the crown of your head towards the ceiling. Slowly straighten your legs coming into standing forward bend to release your hips.
The pigeon pose is fantastic for the hip flexors and stretching out your glutes. This pose is all about the hips, but can often prove difficult for some. Once you’re there, allow yourself to truly let go as the negative energy is released and your physical tension lets up through this deep hip opener.
To get the most out of Pigeon Pose, keep your hips square to the front of your mat. The back leg extends in line with the hip without sickling the ankle. Lengthen through the chest and spine and if your body allows it, feel free to move deeper, begin to fold the torso over the bent front leg. Bring awareness to your body to determine the difference of feeling pain or being uncomfortable. If it’s anxiety you’re feeling, then stay in the pose and allow that which does not serve you to come up to the surface and fully release.
Hold each pose for five full, deep breath cycles.
There are a variety of yoga poses to breakthrough those stubborn hips.
- Happy Baby Pose (inner thighs)
- Reclined Bound Angle Pose (inner thighs)
- Frog Pose (inner thighs)
- Half Pigeon (outer thighs)
- Low Lunge (hip flexors)
By loosening the hip joints through deep hip openers, the body signals the spine through nerve endings all the way to the brain telling it to stop releasing stress hormones. When hips are balanced you will feel more mobile and will likely have less pain, which leads to increased happiness and well-being. The best part of teaching private yoga is to work closely with the client as he/she takes time to move through a sequence of hip opening stretches. As the body gracefully manifests, it releases old energy, making room for fresh energy. The holistic yogic system was designed so that emotional breakthroughs can occur safely.
Listen to your body and discover where it needs to unravel an emotional knot.
When you don’t find time to make your way into a yoga class, make room at home for your mat, show yourself some love and give your hips a juicy flow that will give you freedom!